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Public Act 102-0323


 

Public Act 0323 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 102-0323
 
SB1599 EnrolledLRB102 11443 LNS 16776 b

    AN ACT concerning human rights.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Human
Trafficking Task Force Act.
 
    Section 2. Findings. The General Assembly finds the
following:
        (1) A 2014 study by the Urban Institute found that
    sexual predators believed that if they were caught
    trafficking women and girls of color, they would get less
    jail time. According to the Chicago Children's Advocacy
    Center, 40.4% of victims of sex trafficking are black
    women, yet black women only make up 13.1% of the United
    States population.
        (2) Black women are 7% of the national population but
    constitute 10% of missing persons cases. Their
    disappearances are less likely to be reported in the media
    and less likely to be solved by police. Missing children
    cases among the country's black population are also dated
    cases that are more often left open, compared with white
    children during the same time spans. Many missing persons
    cases that involve black women and girls are classified as
    "runaways", a classification that may not reflect the fact
    they are victims.
 
    Section 5. Human Trafficking Task Force created.
    (a) There is created the Human Trafficking Task Force to
address the growing problem of human trafficking across this
State. The Human Trafficking Task Force shall consist of the
following persons:
        (1) three members of the House of Representatives,
    appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
        (2) three members of the House of Representatives,
    appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
    Representatives;
        (3) three members of the Senate, appointed by the
    President of the Senate;
        (4) three members of the Senate, appointed by the
    Minority Leader of the Senate;
        (5) one representative of the Cook County Human
    Trafficking Task Force, appointed by the Governor; and
        (6) one representative of the Central Illinois Human
    Trafficking Task Force, appointed by the Governor.
    (b) The Task Force shall include the following ex officio
members:
        (1) the Director of the Illinois State Police, or his
    or her designee;
        (2) the Director of the Department of Children and
    Family Services, or his or her designee;
        (3) the Secretary of the Department of Human Services,
    or his or her designee; and
        (4) the Director of the Department of Healthcare and
    Family Services, or his or her designee.
    (c) Members of the Human Trafficking Task Force shall
serve without compensation.
 
    Section 10. Administrative support. The Department of
Children and Family Services shall provide administrative and
other support to the Human Trafficking Task Force.
 
    Section 15. Duties of Human Trafficking Task Force. The
Human Trafficking Task Force shall conduct a study on the
human trafficking problem in this State and shall hold
hearings in furtherance of:
        (1) developing a State plan to address human
    trafficking;
        (2) implementing a system for the sharing of human
    trafficking data between governmental agencies in a manner
    that ensures that the privacy of victims of human
    trafficking is protected and that data collection respects
    the privacy of victims of human trafficking;
        (3) establishing policies to enable State government
    to work with nongovernmental organizations and other
    elements of the private sector to prevent human
    trafficking and provide assistance to victims of human
    trafficking who are United States citizens or foreign
    nationals;
        (4) evaluating various approaches used by state and
    local governments to increase public awareness of human
    trafficking, including trafficking of United States
    citizens and foreign national victims;
        (5) developing methods for protecting the rights of
    victims of human trafficking, taking into account the need
    to consider the human rights and special needs of women
    and minors;
        (6) evaluating the necessity of treating victims of
    human trafficking as crime victims rather than criminals;
        (7) developing methods for promoting the safety of
    victims of human trafficking;
        (8) evaluating human trafficking training and
    education for professionals who may interact with victims
    of human trafficking;
        (9) distributing human trafficking training and
    education models for professionals who may interact with
    victims of human trafficking;
        (10) reviewing research into the disparity between the
    clearance rate on white missing persons compared to black
    missing persons;
        (11) reviewing comprehensive, nationwide data
    collection on missing persons, including data
    disaggregated by race, geography, and socioeconomic
    status;
        (12) reviewing better assessments and analysis on how
    law enforcement agencies address implicit bias during
    investigation of these cases;
        (13) reviewing research to identify factors that
    contribute to the disparity in outcomes in missing women
    cases;
        (14) reviewing research to identify best practices and
    effective solutions for State government to help black
    women and girls who are missing right now;
        (15) reviewing research to identify effective
    long-term implementations that will address problems going
    forward; and
        (16) producing an annual report detailing the Task
    Force's finding based upon its review of research
    conducted under this Section, including specific
    recommendations, if any, and other information the Task
    Force may deem proper in furthermore of its duties under
    this Act.
 
    Section 20. Report. On or before June 30, 2024, the Human
Trafficking Task Force shall report its findings and
recommendations to the General Assembly, by filing copies of
its report as provided in Section 3.1 of the General Assembly
Organization Act, and to the Governor.
 
    Section 25. Task force abolished; Act repealed. The Human
Trafficking Task Force is abolished and this Act is repealed
on July 1, 2024.
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/6/2021