STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2018) — The Indiana Senate Committee on Education and Career Development voted in support 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. Under House Bill 1230, certain employees of a school corporation would receive at least one hour of in-service training on identifying, reporting and preventing human trafficking.
“The most common age to be trafficked is 12 to 14 years old, and the youngest we have seen in Indiana was seven years old,” McNamara said. “I think it’s very important for those who are on the frontlines – our teachers – to be aware of the warning signs of a child who is being trafficked. If I can save one child with this legislation, these actions will be well worth it.”
The legislation would also include cellphones in the definition of cyberbullying and add clear resources for cyberbullying and human trafficking prevention on the websites for the Department of Education, State Board of Education and school corporations.
McNamara said making this information available online will ensure it is easily accessible for parents and students.
House Bill 1230 can now be considered by the full Senate. 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.
A high-resolution photo of McNamara can be downloaded by clicking here.