Child abuse and neglect; report or complaint, victims of sex trafficking, etc. (HB2597)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child abuse and neglect report or complaint; victims of sex trafficking; taking child victim into custody. Provides that a valid report or complaint of child abuse or neglect where a local department of social services has evaluated the allegations and determined that the local department shall conduct an investigation or family assessment may be established if the alleged victim has been identified as a victim of sex trafficking or severe forms of trafficking and the abuser is the victim's parent, other caretaker, or any other person suspected to have caused such abuse and neglect. The bill requires the local department, when responding to such complaint, to perform a family assessment. The bill also allows a child-protective services worker of a local department responding to such complaint to take the child victim into custody and allows the local department to maintain custody of the child for up to 72 hours without prior approval of a parent or guardian. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission. Amends § 63.2-1506, § 63.2-1508, § 63.2-1517, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/09/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


01/09/2019Presented and ordered printed 19104111D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

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