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Full Text of SB1599  102nd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning human rights.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Human
5Trafficking Task Force Act.
6    Section 2. Findings. The General Assembly finds the
8        (1) A 2014 study by the Urban Institute found that
9    sexual predators believed that if they were caught
10    trafficking women and girls of color, they would get less
11    jail time. According to the Chicago Children's Advocacy
12    Center, 40.4% of victims of sex trafficking are black
13    women, yet black women only make up 13.1% of the United
14    States population.
15        (2) Black women are 7% of the national population but
16    constitute 10% of missing persons cases. Their
17    disappearances are less likely to be reported in the media
18    and less likely to be solved by police. Missing children
19    cases among the country's black population are also dated
20    cases that are more often left open, compared with white
21    children during the same time spans. Many missing persons
22    cases that involve black women and girls are classified as
23    "runaways", a classification that may not reflect the fact



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1    they are victims.
2    Section 5. Human Trafficking Task Force created.
3    (a) There is created the Human Trafficking Task Force to
4address the growing problem of human trafficking across this
5State. The Human Trafficking Task Force shall consist of the
6following persons:
7        (1) three members of the House of Representatives,
8    appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
9        (2) three members of the House of Representatives,
10    appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
11    Representatives;
12        (3) three members of the Senate, appointed by the
13    President of the Senate;
14        (4) three members of the Senate, appointed by the
15    Minority Leader of the Senate;
16        (5) one representative of the Cook County Human
17    Trafficking Task Force, appointed by the Governor; and
18        (6) one representative of the Central Illinois Human
19    Trafficking Task Force, appointed by the Governor.
20    (b) The Task Force shall include the following ex officio
22        (1) the Director of the Illinois State Police, or his
23    or her designee;
24        (2) the Director of the Department of Children and
25    Family Services, or his or her designee;



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1        (3) the Secretary of the Department of Human Services,
2    or his or her designee; and
3        (4) the Director of the Department of Healthcare and
4    Family Services, or his or her designee.
5    (c) Members of the Human Trafficking Task Force shall
6serve without compensation.
7    Section 10. Administrative support. The Department of
8Children and Family Services shall provide administrative and
9other support to the Human Trafficking Task Force.
10    Section 15. Duties of Human Trafficking Task Force. The
11Human Trafficking Task Force shall conduct a study on the
12human trafficking problem in this State and shall hold
13hearings in furtherance of:
14        (1) developing a State plan to address human
15    trafficking;
16        (2) implementing a system for the sharing of human
17    trafficking data between governmental agencies in a manner
18    that ensures that the privacy of victims of human
19    trafficking is protected and that data collection respects
20    the privacy of victims of human trafficking;
21        (3) establishing policies to enable State government
22    to work with nongovernmental organizations and other
23    elements of the private sector to prevent human
24    trafficking and provide assistance to victims of human



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1    trafficking who are United States citizens or foreign
2    nationals;
3        (4) evaluating various approaches used by state and
4    local governments to increase public awareness of human
5    trafficking, including trafficking of United States
6    citizens and foreign national victims;
7        (5) developing methods for protecting the rights of
8    victims of human trafficking, taking into account the need
9    to consider the human rights and special needs of women
10    and minors;
11        (6) evaluating the necessity of treating victims of
12    human trafficking as crime victims rather than criminals;
13        (7) developing methods for promoting the safety of
14    victims of human trafficking;
15        (8) evaluating human trafficking training and
16    education for professionals who may interact with victims
17    of human trafficking;
18        (9) distributing human trafficking training and
19    education models for professionals who may interact with
20    victims of human trafficking;
21        (10) reviewing research into the disparity between the
22    clearance rate on white missing persons compared to black
23    missing persons;
24        (11) reviewing comprehensive, nationwide data
25    collection on missing persons, including data
26    disaggregated by race, geography, and socioeconomic



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1    status;
2        (12) reviewing better assessments and analysis on how
3    law enforcement agencies address implicit bias during
4    investigation of these cases;
5        (13) reviewing research to identify factors that
6    contribute to the disparity in outcomes in missing women
7    cases;
8        (14) reviewing research to identify best practices and
9    effective solutions for State government to help black
10    women and girls who are missing right now;
11        (15) reviewing research to identify effective
12    long-term implementations that will address problems going
13    forward; and
14        (16) producing an annual report detailing the Task
15    Force's finding based upon its review of research
16    conducted under this Section, including specific
17    recommendations, if any, and other information the Task
18    Force may deem proper in furthermore of its duties under
19    this Act.
20    Section 20. Report. On or before June 30, 2024, the Human
21Trafficking Task Force shall report its findings and
22recommendations to the General Assembly, by filing copies of
23its report as provided in Section 3.1 of the General Assembly
24Organization Act, and to the Governor.



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1    Section 25. Task force abolished; Act repealed. The Human
2Trafficking Task Force is abolished and this Act is repealed
3on July 1, 2024.
4    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
5becoming law.