SAKI awarded the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office a $1.5-million grant in FY2016 to inventory, track, and test previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). The office also used the funds to create and implement protocols and policies, which helped improve coordination and collaboration among various stakeholders involved in sexual assault investigations, prosecutions, and survivor support.
In FY2019, SAKI awarded the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office $876,804 in additional funding. This money is being used to support the investigation and prosecution of previously unsubmitted SAKs in Jefferson County; work with community partners to develop a sustainable, trauma-informed approach to sexual assault investigations and prosecutions; and collect data to understand current dynamics and inform future projects, initiatives, and institutionalized best practices for trauma-informed investigations and prosecutions.
In FY2020, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office was awarded an additional $2,000,000 in SAKI funding to continue inventorying, tracking, and testing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. The funding will also be used to maintain staff positions for the SAKI program director, two SAKI court advocates, a SAKI trial coordinator, and a SAKI investigator.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2016||$1,515,619||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2019||$876,804||Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults|
|FY2020||$2,000,000||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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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.