§ 30-290. (Expires July 1, 2009) Powers and duties of the Commission
The Commission shall have the following powers and duties:
1. Address all aspects of human trafficking, including the recruitment, abduction, transport, harboring, transfer, sale, or receipt of persons, whether United States citizens or foreign nationals, within and across state borders by any conveyance for the purpose of enslaving persons or subjecting them to slavery-like conditions.
2. Develop and coordinate the implementation of a State Plan for the Prevention of Human Trafficking throughout the Commonwealth.
3. Work with state, local, and federal agencies and through other existing mechanisms to (i) enhance the collection and sharing of data among government agencies pertaining to human trafficking, (ii) identify individuals and organizations engaged in human trafficking, and (iii) ensure that such data collection facilitates the confidentiality of information and protects the privacy of victims of human trafficking.
4. Recommend policies that will facilitate effective and efficient collaborations between relevant state agencies, the community, business and industry, and public and private entities to prevent human trafficking and provide assistance to victims who are United States citizens or foreign nationals.
5. Review the existing services and facilities available to meet the needs of victims of human trafficking and recommend ways in which services may be better coordinated, including but not limited to health, mental health, interpretation, legal and immigration, housing, and education and job training services and victim compensation.
6. Evaluate various approaches used by state and local governments to provide public awareness of the problem of human trafficking and make recommendations regarding ways to heighten public awareness regarding the problem and its social and economic impact in the Commonwealth.
7. Enlist the cooperation and assistance of state, local, and federal agencies, community organizations, business and industry, the education community, and public and private entities, particularly those that represent diverse communities disproportionately affected by human trafficking, monitor human trafficking issues, enforce prevention and violation initiatives, academicians with expertise in the field, or provide services to victims, children and runaways, and victims of violence.
8. Submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an annual report for publication as a report document as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports. The chairman shall submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an annual executive summary of the interim activity and work of the Commission no later than the first day of each regular session of the General Assembly. The executive summary shall be submitted for publication as a report document as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports and shall be posted on the General Assembly's website.
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