Human trafficking training standards; DCJS to establish for law-enforcement. (HB689)

Introduced By

Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Criminal Justice Services; human trafficking training standards. Requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services to establish compulsory training standards for law-enforcement personnel involved in criminal investigations or assigned to vehicle or street patrol duties to ensure that law-enforcement personnel are sensitive to and aware of human trafficking offenses and the identification of victims of human trafficking offenses. The bill also requires that such training standards, as well as model policies on human trafficking that the Department is already required to establish, be developed with the assistance of an advisory committee consisting of representatives of state and local law-enforcement officials, attorneys for the Commonwealth, circuit and district courts, social services and human services organizations, and local school districts. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104605D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/2018Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB689)
01/25/2018Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (5-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


ACLU-VA Police Practices, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this and other legislation seeking to add to or expand training offered to or required of certified law enforcement personnel in Virginia. Given the number of these proposals and concerns expressed by many about competencies of law enforcement with respect to recognizing and addressing implicit bias, and interacting with people of different cultures, races and abilities, it may well be time for JLARC or the Crime Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the training required of certified law enforcement officers in Virginia.