The City of Albuquerque received their first SAKI award in the amount of $2,499,796 in FY2017 to help test more than 5,000 sexual assault kits (SAKs). In addition to testing SAKs, the department has used the grant money to follow up on investigative leads, strengthen victim services through victim notification, and prosecute eligible cases.
In FY2019, the City of Albuquerque was awarded an additional $999,999 to continue their SAKI project. Receiving this additional funding has allowed the City of Albuquerque to migrate their cases into the Sexual Assault Management System database for management of evidence and casework; enhance investigation and victim advocacy support by adopting and implementing improved protocols and technology; review, prioritize, and investigate sexual assault cases; and identify and prosecute cases with the potential to move forward. Funding is also being utilized to hire two DNA analysts, one backlog reduction specialist, and one system-based victim advocate.
As of 2020, the City of Albuquerque has submitted all of their SAKs for testing, enacted a victim-services Sexual Assault Information Phone Line (SAIL), implemented a customized SAK tracking system specific to New Mexico, and developed a victim notification policy for response to sexual assault.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2017||$2,499,796||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2019||$999,999||Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults|
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WI DOJ Launches Program To Address Backlog Of Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits
Laurel White, Wisconsin Public Radio, Jan 30, 2017
A new initiative by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and a sexual assault prevention group aims to decrease the backlog of sexual assault evidence kits in the state. The initiative, called “By Your Side,” reaches out to survivors of sexual assault who have had kits collected and provides connections tosupport services. Read the full story or visit www.byyoursidewi.org to learn more.
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.