The LawAs of May 29, 2017, Public Law 114-22 went into effect
Public Law 114-22, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, requires that effective May 29, 2017, states consider any child who is identified by a state as a victim of sex trafficking or severe forms of trafficking (as defined in sections 103(9)(A) and (10) of the TVPA) as a victim of “child abuse and neglect” and “sexual abuse.” Act 016, Relating to Reports of Child Abuse, was passed by the 2017 Hawaii State Legislature in compliance with the public law and was signed in to law by Governor David Ige effective May 29, 2017.
(1) Amend the definition of ‘child abuse or neglect’ to ensure that mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect report to the department of human services known or suspected child victims of sex trafficking or severe forms of trafficking in persons.The purpose of Act 016 (17), in part
For this purpose, the parent, guardian, or caretaker may or may not be the perpetrator of such harm. “Mandated reporter” is defined by HRS 350-1.1 as:
(1) Any licensed or registered professional of the healing arts or any health-related occupation who examines, attends, treats, or provides other professional or specialized services, including but not limited to physicians, including physicians in training, psychologists, dentists, nurses, osteopathic physicians and surgeons, optometrists, chiropractors, podiatrists, pharmacists, and other health-related professionals;
(2) Employees or officers of any public or private school;
(3) Employees or officers of any public or private agency or institution, or other individuals, providing social, medical, hospital, or mental health services, including financial assistance;
(4) Employees or officers of any law enforcement agency, including but not limited to the courts, police departments, department of public safety, correctional institutions, and parole or probation offices;
(5) Individual providers of child care, or employees or officers of any licensed or registered child care facility, foster home, or similar institution;
(6) Medical examiners or coroners; and
(7) Employees of any public or private agency providing recreational or sports activities.
Susannah Wesley Community Center (SWCC) is the lead agency for the Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (TVAP) Hawaii. The TVAP consists of subcontractors and partnerships in order to provide crisis response and comprehensive case management services to CSEC victims statewide. On Oahu, SWCC shares the case load distribution with Hale Kipa and Parents And Children Together (PACT); Hale Kipa (Hawaii Island and Kauai); YO! (Oahu); Parents And Children Together (Maui county); and the Family Peace Center (Oahu), and the Ola Hou Clinic (trauma assessments).
TVAP Hawaii’s case managers are safe providers. The TVAP is also partnered with Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i, Pacific Survivor Center, Bluewater Mission, and has memorandum of agreements in place with the Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC) and The Children’s Alliance (Oahu).