Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version Share this


Bill takes aim at stopping sex trafficking at schools, training educators how to identify victims

East County News Service

July 12, 2017 (San Diego) -- The House of Representatives passed legislation by U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) to combat sex trafficking. The Empower Educators to Prevent Trafficking Act (H.R. 2268) was included in a package of legislation - The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Protection Act (H.R. 2200).

“Far too often, it is our children who fall victim to the horror of human trafficking. We must do everything we can to stop this injustice,” said Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “Advocates and survivors are always telling me that it is important to punish traffickers, but we also need to focus on prevention. With the passage of this bill, our schools can join the resistance in the fight against trafficking. Armed with knowledge, students and teachers can join the battle lines against this injustice of modern day slavery.”

Davis’s bill would authorize grants to help school districts establish a program if one doesn’t already exist, expand an existing program, and receive continued support for their efforts to train school staff.

These programs will train a variety of school employees, including teachers, counselors, campus security, nurses, and administrators. The programs will address:

  • Indicators that an individual is a victim or potential victim of sex or labor trafficking.
  • Options and procedures for referring students to information on trafficking and legal, social, and health services for victims of trafficking.
  • Reporting requirements and procedures, according to federal and state law.
  • Training students on how to avoid becoming victims of labor and sex trafficking.

Schools will also develop a plan, in consultation with local law enforcement, to ensure the safety of employees and students when instances of trafficking are reported.

The grant program will prioritize qualified applications from school districts operating in what the FBI has designated “High-Intensity Child Sex Trafficking Areas”—San Diego, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Dallas, Detroit, Tampa, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, New York City, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis. The underground sex trafficking economy generates an estimated $810 million in annual revenues for criminals, the city of San Diego reports.

Currently, federally funded programs provide similar training to local law enforcement, social workers, child welfare officials, first responders, healthcare workers, and various other professionals who may come into contact with trafficking victims.

Schools can be a prime recruiting site for sex traffickers. Experts have told Davis that teacher education is a missing piece in the coordinated efforts to stop sex trafficking.

Teachers and other school employees are particularly well positioned to recognize and respond to signs of trafficking in their students, and with proper training, they can be an important line of defense in the fight against child trafficking.

Each year, there are an estimated eight to eleven thousand victims of sex trafficking in San Diego County. The average age of entry into sex trafficking is 14 to 15.

The Empower Educators to Prevent Trafficking Act has been endorsed by the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Polaris Project, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking, and ECPAT-USA.


Shoestring Whack Wigs Or Unimpaired Web Wigs

If you are not used to wigs and would like to get one, next whatever you decide to Wigs For Black Women have in mind is that you only need to find the style and color you prefer. Truly the actual buying regarding wigs is a bit more complex than you've Human Hair Wigs dreamed. As a way to choose the correct factor by yourself, the 1st selection you will need to help make is usually to choose between two kinds of wigs: the manufactured Wigs kinds and the real hair types. Each of them come in a lot of styles and colors and possess his or her pros and cons. A man-made wig is cheap, but it has a tendency to look phony in fact it is more challenging to keep up. Whilst a person's head of hair hairpiece is a lot more practical Human Hair Wigs hunting which last extended, however it is costlier. Another important thing you have to consider when buying wigs is always that what type of limit is utilized for that wigs. The Wigs For Women hat 's what you'll draw above your head, a good quality hat will make you feel comfortable. Although there are numerous kinds of hairpiece caps around to select from, the actual wide lace top cap is regarded as the popular a single. The lace Wigs For Women limit can make you feel totally comfy as it enables the scalp for you to "breathe".