S.1028 - Ensuring a Better Response for Victims of Child Sex Trafficking114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 04/21/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 04/21/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)|
|Notes:||For further action, see S.178, which became Public Law 114-22 on 5/29/2015.|
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Summary: S.1028 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (04/21/2015)
Ensuring a Better Response for Victims of Child Sex Trafficking
This bill amends the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to require a state plan for its child protective services system to include a certified assurance that the state has in effect and is enforcing a law requiring: (1) identification and assessment of all reports involving children known or suspected to be victims of sex trafficking; and (2) training child protective services workers about identifying, assessing, and providing comprehensive services for children who are sex trafficking victims.
Each state receiving a grant must work with the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make an annual data report that includes the number of children determined to be victims of sex trafficking.
A child is considered to be a victim of "child abuse and neglect" and of "sexual abuse" if the child is identified by a state or local agency employee as being a victim of sex trafficking or a victim of severe forms of trafficking in persons.
A state is given the option to define "child" under such Act as a person who has not attained age 24.