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  • Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015

    by Representative Mark Meadows

    Posted on 2015-01-27

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    MEADOWS. Mr. Speaker, just last summer, Delta launched The Blue Lightning Initiative with the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    The Blue Lighting Initiative is a computer based training program that provides airlines with the added tools to help ID and report suspected instances of human trafficking.

    According to Delta, it is among some of the first airlines to adopt this expansive type of human trafficking detection training.

    Delta and others taking on similar initiatives should be applauded for taking the initiative to end Human Trafficking, one of the greatest challenges we face.

    As horrific as Human Trafficking is, it is even more troubling that the United States Government is not taking the steps necessary to properly train DHS employees, such as TSA officers, who have the potential to identify cases of trafficking and help save lives.

    This type of training is what Rep. Mark Walker's bill H.R. 460, the Human Trafficking Detection Act, aims to achieve. Awareness is [[Page H611]] key and it is essential to ending the human trafficking epidemic that is stealing the freedom of nearly 27 million people worldwide.

    Requires DHS to establish a human trafficking training program to be given in classroom or virtually, and to ensure DHS personnel receive this training within 180 days.

    This training must include: Methods to effectively deter, detect, and disrupt human trafficking, and be relevant for each federal employee's particular location or professional environment.

    This will help to ensure that DHS doesn't simply establish a generic, one-size-fits-all approach for all employees, and is able to provide thorough training specific to each employee's particular job setting.

    Other topics determined to be appropriate by the Secretary.

    A post-training evaluation for personnel receiving such training.

    H.R. 460 also allows DHS to provide the human trafficking training curricula to State, local or tribal government, or private organization at the entity's request. This will help these government and private entities establish their own training programs.

    CBO: Does not expect H.R. 460 to increase federal spending.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from North Carolina (Mr. Walker) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, H.R. 460.

    The question was taken; and (two-thirds being in the affirmative) the rules were suspended and the bill was passed.

    A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.


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