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house Bill H.R. 357

Should U.S. Embassy Employees Receive Human Trafficking Prevention Training?

Argument in favor

This bill authorizes funding for human trafficking sensitivity training that all U.S. foreign diplomats should have.

MateoLowe's Opinion
Educating embassy workers could stop some of the illegal activity and is a good step
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Drea's Opinion
Educating foreign diplomats to recognize signs of human trafficking may lead to the stop of some of this rampant illegal activity, or at least heighten awareness enough to save some people.
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DCPolitical's Opinion
Human trafficking is a despicable crime. We should combat human trafficking and prostitution to the best of our ability.
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Argument opposed

Without a cost-per-employee breakdown this bill has yet to prove that it is fiscally justified.

Lance's Opinion
I've received this kind of training in my career every year and it doesn't help prevent it. In my immediate area human trafficking remains a serious issue that a PowerPoint can't solve
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Wayne's Opinion
I am a Government worker (Department of the Navy) and there is already training required for Human Trafficking Awareness...make it required for FSOs, rather than funding a new multi-million dollar PowerPoint.
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Jas's Opinion
This bill is going to give a mere $500K over four years to train US Embassy employees? Please, let's use this money on the real problems of human trafficking right here in the USA. We have intelligence agencies that can use this money to stomp the streets of this horrific crime.
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What is House Bill H.R. 357?

H.R. 357 aims to help train Foreign Service Officers working overseas in U.S. embassies to curb human trafficking by stemming demand spotting victims that could be victimized in the U.S. 

A distance learning course on trafficking-in-persons issues and State Department anti-trafficking obligations would be given to embassy reporting officers, regional bureaus' trafficking-in-persons coordinators, and their superiors. H.R. 357 would also require trafficking-in-persons briefings for all ambassadors and deputy chiefs of mission before they depart for their posts. 

Lastly, the bill would require  "at least annual" reminders to personnel at diplomatic or consular posts outside the U.S. of:
"key problems, threats, methods, and warning signs of trafficking in persons specific to the country or jurisdiction in which each such post is located, and appropriate procedures to report information acquired about possible trafficking cases."

A previous version of this bill passed in the House in the 113th Congress.


State Department personnel, U.S. Foreign Service Officers, specialized trainers in human trafficking education and prevention, victims and perpetrators of human trafficking.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 357

$500.00 Thousand
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. However, a CBO estimate of a previous version of this bill performed in July 2014 estimated that implementation would cost under $500,000 for the 2015-2019 period.

More Information

Of Note: 

You can take the Department of Homeland Security's Human Trafficking Awareness Training online, for free — making some critics of the legislation wonder why it should cost so much for State Department personnel training. 

Foreign Service Officers while at their posts are often put in positions where they work with victims of human trafficking to get U.S. visas. Currently, these officers undergo minimal training for how to define, identify and recognize victims of smuggling or human trafficking.


CBO Cost Estimate (Previous Bill Version)


Human Trafficking Prevention Act

Official Title

To amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to expand the training for Federal Government personnel related to trafficking in persons, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed January 26th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 14th, 2015

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