Feedback opportunity – Proposed rule update to human trafficking definition

January 7, 2021

The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Children, Youth and Families, Division of Child Welfare has made proposed updates to the definitions for human trafficking. The proposed updates align with state and federal law to include labor trafficking of a youth as a form of child abuse and/or neglect. We invite you to participate in the following opportunities to provide feedback on the dates and times below.

Download a copy of the current human trafficking definitions.

Download a copy of the proposed updates to the human trafficking definitions.

Download a copy of the proposed updates to intake and assessment for human trafficking cases.

The proposed rules are scheduled to go into effect on June 30, 2021. 

The proposed updates to the General Rules support the expansion of the definition of child abuse and/or neglect to include labor trafficking or involuntary servitude of a minor. Definitions have been updated to include human trafficking as both sex and labor trafficking, provide clarity to third-party abuse investigations, and define the human trafficking screen.

In addition to updated definitions, clarification has been added about how counties are to respond to cases of human trafficking, specifically as it relates to the completion of the human trafficking screen and reporting requirements to the Department of Health and Human Services of foreign nationals who have been trafficked.  

The following standards are proposed:

  • Updated/added definitions for human trafficking, labor trafficking and sex trafficking, human trafficking screen.
  • Updated guidance on assigning and investigating third-party abuse referrals.
  • Rules for completing and documenting the human trafficking screening tool in assessments & following a child missing from care incident (child run).
  • Rules for reporting requirements of foreign national victims of human trafficking to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Public comment session dates:

January 20, 2021, 1:30 pm
January 21, 2021, 9:00 am

Public Comment phone line:

Participant #: 465748

Questions or comments regarding these proposed rules, email:
Brooke Heavey, Division of Child Welfare,

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