|Introduced in House||Passed House||Introduced in Senate||Passed Senate||Became Law|
Human trafficking; assessments by local departments.
Changes the name of sex trafficking assessments to human trafficking assessments and allows local departments of social services conducting such human trafficking assessments to interview the alleged child victim or his siblings without the consent and outside the presence of such child's or siblings' parent, guardian, legal custodian, or other person standing in loco parentis, or school personnel. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That � 63.2-1506.1 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
� 63.2-1506.1. Human trafficking assessments by local departments.
A. If a report or complaint is based upon information and
allegations that a child is a victim of sex trafficking or severe forms of
trafficking as defined in the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act of
2000 (22 U.S.C. � 7102 et seq.) and in the federal Justice for Victims of
Trafficking Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-22), the local department shall conduct a
human trafficking assessment, unless at any time during the sex
human trafficking assessment the local department
determines that an investigation or family assessment is required pursuant to �
63.2-1505 or 63.2-1506.
sex human trafficking assessment
requires the collection of information necessary to determine:
1. The immediate safety needs of the child;
2. The protective and rehabilitative services needs of the child and the childs family that will deter abuse and neglect; and
3. Risk of future harm to the child.
C. When a local department responds to the report or complaint
by conducting a
sex human trafficking assessment,
the local department may:
1. Consult with the family to arrange for necessary protective and rehabilitative services to be provided to the child and the childs family;
2. Petition the court for services deemed necessary; or
3. Commence an immediate investigation or family assessment,
if at any time during the
sex human trafficking assessment
the local department determines that an investigation or family assessment is
required pursuant to � 63.2-1505 or 63.2-1506.
D. In the event that the parents or guardians of the child
reside in a jurisdiction other than that in which the report or complaint was
received, the local department that received the report or complaint and the
local department where the child resides with his parents or guardians shall
work jointly to complete the
sex human trafficking assessment.
E. Reports or complaints for which a
trafficking assessment is completed shall not be entered into the central
registry contained in � 63.2-1515.
F. The local department or departments shall notify the Child
Protective Services Unit within the Department in writing whenever such a
human trafficking assessment is conducted.
G. When conducting a human trafficking assessment pursuant to this section, the local department may interview the alleged child victim or his siblings without the consent and outside the presence of such childs or siblings parent, guardian, legal custodian, or other person standing in loco parentis, or school personnel.
|01/31/2020||Senate||Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N)|
|01/07/2020||Senate||Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105034D|
|01/07/2020||Senate||Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services|