NEW LAW: California To Require Human Trafficking Training In The Public Transportation Industry

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed AB 2034 into law.  This law imposes new training requirements on certain employers in the public transportation industry relating to human trafficking.

This new law requires the following employers provide training relating to human trafficking to certain employees:

  • Operators of mass transit intercity passenger rail systems,
  • Operators of light rail systems, and
  • Bus stations.

The training must be 20 minutes long and must include the following information:

  • The definition of human trafficking, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
  • Myths and misconceptions about human trafficking.
  • Physical and mental signs to be aware of that may indicate that human trafficking is occurring.
  • Guidance on how to identify individuals who are most at risk for human trafficking.
  • Guidance on how to report human trafficking, including, but not limited to, national hotlines (1-888-373-7888 and text line 233733) and contact information for local law enforcement agencies that an employee may use to make a confidential report.
  • Protocols for reporting human trafficking when on the job.

The training can also include the following information and

  • Information and materials provided by the Department of Justice, the Blue Campaign of the federal Department of Homeland Security,
  • Information and material utilized in training Santa Clara County Valley Transit Authority employees, and
  • Information and materials provided by private nonprofit organizations that represent the interests of human trafficking victims, and the Department of Justice.

The training must be provided to all employees who

  • May interact with, or come into contact with, a victim of human trafficking or
  • Are likely to receive, in the course of their employment, a report from another employee about suspected human trafficking.

The initial human trafficking training must be provided to these employees by January 1, 2021.