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senate Bill S. 1823

Foster Care and Child Trafficking: Increased Training, Reports and Data Collection

Argument in favor

Giving state child welfare employees trafficking training will help curb trafficking.

Argument opposed

The reports and data collection are bureaucratic, not preventative, measures.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedDecember 13th, 2013

What is Senate Bill S. 1823?

According to the Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking, this bill

amends the Social Security Act to require state foster care programs, which receive federal funds under the Social Security Act, to report on current and future efforts to address the human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children in their care. It also mandates data collection on the issue of human trafficking.
Additionally, the bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and publish: (1) best practices for training child welfare employees and court employees on identifying all forms of child trafficking; (2) recommendations for how state welfare agencies can prevent human trafficking; and (3) licensing guidelines for residential facilities with regard to child trafficking victims.


The bill affects state foster care programs' role in preventing child trafficking.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1823

A CBO cost is currently unavailable.


Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act of 2013

Official Title

A bill to amend part E of title IV of the Social Security Act to better enable State child welfare agencies to prevent human trafficking of children and serve the needs of children who are victims of human trafficking, and for other purposes.

    Training child welfare employees on how to detect signs of human and or sex trafficking, allowing the workers to detect it and stop it sooner. The reports I believe could be useful in terms of determining exactly how severe the problem really is. By establishing these reports we can detect if our strategies at reducing the trafficking are working effectively.