As a reminder to our school district clients, and as part of an effort to raise awareness about human trafficking, a brief overview of the professional development requirements related to human trafficking may be helpful. As you may recall, in 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly enacted training requirements related to the awareness, identification, and reporting of suspected human trafficking. The 2017 law required the Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) to consult with the Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection to develop an educational training program and refresher training program for the accurate and prompt identification and reporting of suspected human trafficking. The training program subsequently developed by DCF includes a video presentation providing awareness of human trafficking issues and guidance to persons employed by local or regional boards of education who have contact with students. The law requires these employees to complete educational training upon hire and annually thereafter. Information about available trainings can be obtained from the DCF by emailing DCFHART@ct.gov.