STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives yesterday voted in favor of legislation authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) that would put more protections in place for Hoosier students.
McNamara said in 2016 alone, nearly 180 human trafficking victims were identified in Indiana. House Bill 1230 would require certain employees of a school corporation to receive at least one hour of in-service training on identifying, reporting and prevention of human trafficking.
“Educators are on the front lines fighting the battle against the hidden crime of human trafficking,” McNamara said. “By providing teachers with valuable training and resources to recognize the warning signs, it is my hope that this legislation will give teachers the tools necessary to combat human trafficking and save young Hoosiers’ lives.”
The legislation would also add cellphones to the definition of cyberbullying and require the Department of Education, State Board of Education and school corporations to clearly identify resources for cyberbullying and human trafficking prevention on their website.
McNamara said making this information available online will ensure it is easily accessible for parents and students.
House Bill 1230 can now move to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.
State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76,
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.
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