Text: H.R.5407 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/22/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5407


To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop educational materials relating to human trafficking in schools.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 22, 2018

Mr. Yoho (for himself, Mr. Poe of Texas, Mr. Posey, Mr. Fleischmann, Ms. Tenney, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Flores, Mrs. Wagner, and Mr. Dunn) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop educational materials relating to human trafficking in schools.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Prevent Trafficking in Our Schools Act”.

SEC. 2. Development of materials for human trafficking awareness training.

(a) In general.—At the request of the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall develop educational materials which may be used by the Secretary of Education to provide covered educational personnel with training in human trafficking awareness and techniques for identifying victims of human trafficking in elementary schools and secondary schools.

(b) Educational materials.—The educational materials developed under subsection (a) shall address the following:

(1) Methods that covered educational personnel can use to identify and respond to suspected victims and perpetrators of human trafficking.

(2) Variations in locations or environments that may affect the ability of covered educational personnel to identify and address victims of human trafficking.

(3) Information on changing trends in human trafficking to assist covered educational personnel in detecting and investigating human trafficking in classrooms and the environment in the school system.

(4) Best practices for referring human trafficking cases to the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and State and local law enforcement agencies.

(5) Resources that are available for trafficking victims such as victim service providers, victim support services, and the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

(c) Additional requirement.—The educational materials developed under subsection (a) shall emphasize that covered educational personnel who notice indicators of potential human trafficking—

(1) should contact an appropriate law enforcement agency; and

(2) should not attempt to engage in counter-trafficking operations.

SEC. 3. Definitions.

In this section:

(1) COVERED EDUCATIONAL PERSONNEL.—The term “covered educational personnel” means teachers, school leaders, and other personnel of elementary schools and secondary schools.

(2) ESEA TERMS.—The terms “elementary school”, “school leader”, and “secondary school” have the meanings given the terms in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).

(1) HUMAN TRAFFICKING.—The term “human trafficking” means an act or practice described in paragraph (9) or paragraph (10) of section 103 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7102).