Text: H.R.4708 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 115-125 (02/14/2018)
[115th Congress Public Law 125]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
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Public Law 115-125
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of
Homeland Security to issue Department of Homeland Security-wide guidance
and develop training programs as part of the Department of Homeland
Security Blue Campaign, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Feb. 14,
2018 - [H.R. 4708]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Department of
Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act.>>
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 6 USC 101 note.>> SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Department of Homeland Security Blue
Campaign Authorization Act''.
SEC. 2. ENHANCED DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY COORDINATION
THROUGH THE BLUE CAMPAIGN.
(a) In General.--Subtitle C of title IV of the Homeland Security Act
of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 231 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the
following new section:
``SEC. 434. <<NOTE: 6 USC 242.>> DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
``(a) Definition.--In this section, the term `human trafficking'
means an act or practice described in paragraph (9) or (10) of section
103 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7102).
``(b) Establishment.--There is established within the Department a
program, which shall be known as the `Blue Campaign'. The Blue Campaign
shall be headed by a Director, who shall be appointed by the Secretary.
``(c) Purpose.--The purpose of the Blue Campaign shall be to unify
and coordinate Department efforts to address human trafficking.
``(d) Responsibilities.--The Secretary, working through the
Director, shall, in accordance with subsection (e)--
``(1) issue Department-wide guidance to appropriate
``(2) develop training programs for such personnel;
``(3) coordinate departmental efforts, including training
for such personnel; and
``(4) provide guidance and training on trauma-informed
practices to ensure that human trafficking victims are afforded
prompt access to victim support service providers, in addition
to the assistance required under section 107 of the Trafficking
Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7105), to address
their immediate and long-term needs.
``(e) Guidance and Training.--The Blue Campaign shall provide
guidance and training to Department personnel and other
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Federal, State, tribal, and law enforcement personnel, as appropriate,
``(1) programs to help identify instances of human
``(2) the types of information that should be collected and
recorded in information technology systems utilized by the
Department to help identify individuals suspected or convicted
of human trafficking;
``(3) systematic and routine information sharing within the
Department and among Federal, State, tribal, and local law
enforcement agencies regarding--
``(A) individuals suspected or convicted of human
``(B) patterns and practices of human trafficking;
``(4) techniques to identify suspected victims of
trafficking along the United States border and at airport
``(5) methods to be used by the Transportation Security
Administration and personnel from other appropriate agencies
``(A) train employees of the Transportation Security
Administration to identify suspected victims of
``(B) serve as a liaison and resource regarding
human trafficking prevention to appropriate State,
local, and private sector aviation workers and the
``(6) utilizing resources, such as indicator cards, fact
sheets, pamphlets, posters, brochures, and radio and television
``(A) educate partners and stakeholders; and
``(B) increase public awareness of human
``(7) leveraging partnerships with State and local
governmental, nongovernmental, and private sector organizations
to raise public awareness of human trafficking; and
``(8) any other activities the Secretary determines
necessary to carry out the Blue Campaign.''.
(b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of contents in section 1(b) of
the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item
relating to section 433 the following new item:
``Sec. 434. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign.''.
SEC. 3. <<NOTE: Deadline. 6 USC 242 note.>> INFORMATION
Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act,
the Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure, in accordance with the
Department of Homeland Security-wide guidance required under section
434(d) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as added by section 2 of
this Act, the integration of information technology systems utilized
within the Department to record and track information regarding
individuals suspected or convicted of human trafficking (as such term is
defined in such section).
SEC. 4. REPORT.
Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this
Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the Committee on
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate and the
Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives a report
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(1) describes the status and effectiveness of the Department
of Homeland Security Blue Campaign under section 434 of the
Homeland Security Act of 2002, as added by section 2 of this
(2) <<NOTE: Recommenda- tion.>> provides a recommendation
regarding the appropriate office within the Department of
Homeland Security for the Blue Campaign.
SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There is authorized to be appropriated $819,000 to carry out section
434 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as added by section 2.
Approved February 14, 2018.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 4708:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 164 (2018):
Jan. 11, considered and passed House.
Jan. 30, considered and passed Senate.