TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2012
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The purpose of this Act is to alleviate the current gap in service for survivors of human trafficking who are waiting for government certification as a victim of a severe form of trafficking by proposing a comprehensive plan that coordinates relevant state-funded programs.
SECTION 2. (a) There is established a working group within the department of the attorney general to develop a comprehensive state plan to coordinate services for survivors of human trafficking in new and existing communities.
(b) The attorney general or the attorney general's designee shall oversee the working group and shall coordinate the development of the state plan on services for survivors of human trafficking. The working group membership shall consist of:
(1) The director of human services or the director's designee;
(2) The executive director of the office of community services or the executive director's designee;
(3) A representative from each of the county prosecutor's offices;
(4) Representatives from local law enforcement agencies;
(5) Representatives from health care providers;
(6) Representatives from social service agencies;
(7) Representatives from housing providers; and
(8) Other stakeholders.
(c) The working group shall create a state plan on services for survivors of human trafficking focusing on the coordination of services for survivors of human trafficking in new and existing communities in the State. The activities of the working group shall include but not be limited to:
(1) Gathering and disseminating information to law enforcement agencies, the county prosecutor's offices, the office of the attorney general, the department of human services, the office of community services, nonprofit organizations, and the public on available services for survivors of human trafficking. Services for survivors of human trafficking shall include but not be limited to:
(A) Case management;
(B) Emergency temporary housing;
(C) Health care;
(D) Mental health counseling;
(E) Drug addiction screening and treatment;
(F) Language interpretation and translation services;
(G) English language instruction;
(H) Job training and placement assistance;
(I) Post-employment services and job retention;
(J) Transportation services; and
(K) Services to assist the individual and any of the individual's family members to establish permanent residency in the State of Hawaii or other localities in the United States;
(2) Identifying a single point of access for individuals or organizations that need assistance or guidance in navigating the processes and regulations of state agencies on services for survivors of human trafficking or projects that promote services for survivors of human trafficking;
(3) Distinguishing the department of human services as the appropriate agency to provide services to income-qualified, United States citizens and "qualified immigrants" who are survivors of human trafficking and the office of community service as the appropriate agency to provide services to "disadvantaged, refugee, and immigrant" survivors of human trafficking;
(4) Identifying a single executive department or a division within a department to establish the services for survivors of human trafficking program; and
(5) Recommending to the legislature sound legislation with regards to human trafficking and recommending to the governor sound administration with regards to human trafficking.
(d) The attorney general shall submit a report of the working group's activities, including recommendations and proposed legislation, if any, to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2014. The working group shall dissolve on June 30, 2014.
(e) For the purposes of this Act:
"Survivor of human trafficking" means a person:
(1) Who has had or now has the condition or status of debt bondage, involuntary servitude, severe forms of trafficking in persons, or sex trafficking as defined in section 102 of the Victims of Trafficking Violence Protection Act of 2000, title 22 United States Code section 7102, as amended;
(2) Whose prostitution was promoted or advanced by any of the means set forth in section 712-1202(1)(a) or 712-1202(1)(b); or
(3) Who was a victim of labor trafficking, as defined by section 707-781, who was subject to perform labor or services by any of the means described in 707-781(a) to 707-781(k).
SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon approval.
Survivors of Human Trafficking; Services; State Plan; Comprehensive Plan
Requires the department of the attorney general to establish a working group to coordinate services for survivors of human trafficking in new and existing communities. Requires the department of the attorney general to report on the activities of the working group to the legislature. (SD1)
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