In re: Identification and Assessment of Human Trafficking Victims (S.6835-B-Lanza/A.8650-B-Paulin)

This legislation provides that general hospitals, diagnostic centers, treatment centers, and outpatient departments “shall provide for the identification, assessment, and appropriate treatment or referral of persons suspected as human trafficking victims, and in the case of persons under eighteen years old, the reporting of such persons as [abused or maltreated children] if required under…the social services law.” According to the sponsor’s memorandum, “fewer than 10% of doctors recognize trafficking victims and fewer than 3% of ER doctors have received training in recognition” of such victims. At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we believe that this legislation has the potential to connect trafficking victims with resources that could help them escape from their traffickers. Therefore, we urge that the bill be passed.