President Signs the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 2200)

On January 8, 2019, the President signed into law the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018, which contains several provisions that improve the federal government’s authorities to combat human trafficking. These provisions include authorizing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to local educational agencies to establish programs to educate children on the dangers of human trafficking, implementing provisions to ensure that government spending is not used to support human trafficking, and authorizing funding for the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

This legislation includes the following provisions related to HHS:

  • Section 101
    • Authorizes HHS to award grants to local educational agencies to establish and expand programs with nonprofit groups to educate school staff on recognizing and responding to signs of labor and sex trafficking. Funding could also be used to provide age-appropriate information on how to avoid being victimized.
    • Priority would be given to local education agencies in high-intensity child sex trafficking areas as defined by the bill
  • Section 111
    • Requires the General Services Administration (GSA) to include language in contracts with domestic air carriers, other than those of the Department of Defense, requiring annual reports on:
      • The number of airline personnel trained to detect and report human trafficking,
      • The number of notifications involving possible trafficking victims, and
      • Whether the carrier properly notified the National Human Trafficking Hotline or law enforcement
  • Section 112
    • Makes several changes to ensure government spending isn’t used to support human traffickers
    • Requires the State Department, Department of Labor, and USAID, and OMB to report annually on agency actions to ensure that procurement employees and contractors are in compliance with human trafficking laws
  • Section 113
    • Requires the Federal Acquisition Institute to include in its continuing education curriculum a class lasting at least 30 minutes on human trafficking laws and regulations relevant to federal contracting employees (HHS personnel will participate).
  • Section 114
    • Extends the authorization for the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking through Sept. 30, 2021
  • Section 303
    • Extends authorizations and expands programs enacted under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 through FY 2021. Increased authorizations include:
      • $19.5 million annually for HHS programs to provide educational and other services to trafficking victims; of the total, $3.5 million per year is authorized for the National Human Trafficking Hotline

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