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Familial-DNA testing used for first time in Ohio in suspected serial-abductor case: Q&A
Adam Ferrise, Cleveland.com, Dec 5, 2016
Familial DNA testing, used for the first time in Ohio, helped law enforcement to identify and arrest a man accused of serial rape and abduction. Familial DNA can help identify possible male relatives by matching the Y chromosomes, which can, in turn, provide law enforcement with a relative of a criminal suspect. Although police cannot arrest someone based on familial DNA evidence alone, they can use it to retrieve much needed clues. To learn more, read the full article.

Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Report Released
Big Island Now News of Hawaii, Dec 2, 2016
The Attorney General of Hawaii recently released a report of inventoried, untested sexual assault kits, and a plan to test them. The report outlines untested SAKs within each county and details testing capacity, plans for public outreach, and recommendations for legislative action. Additionally, a working group has established the Malama Kakou Project, a state plan to test untested and new SAKs, identify the criteria for testing and order, provide active public outreach and notification, and establish a SAK tracking system.

Dallas police crack mystery of woman who was raped, strangled 24 years ago
Tasha Tsiaperas, Dallas News, Nov 29, 2016
For 24 years, Dallas, Texas police had no answers as to who was responsible for the rape and murder of Shirley Baker Muhammad. Now, newly tested DNA evidence points to a 52-year-old man in prison for another victim’s rape. This is the first success from Dallas’ newly formed cold case unit within the Dallas Police Department. The cold case unit comprises a former homicide detective, two former robbery detectives, and a former crime scene analyst. The unit has been cataloging cases, many of which fall between 1995 and 2005, when crime scene analysts started keeping DNA evidence. More DNA hits are forthcoming. To learn more, read the full article.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office getting federal funding for rape kit testing backlog
Michael Yoshida, CBS 47, Nov 21, 2016
A federal grant will help Jacksonville, Florida law enforcement test a backlog of approximately 1,800 untested rape kits. The grant will also help fund Jacksonville staff training and the renovation of the property and evidence room. To learn more, read the full article.

SAKI TTA Upcoming Fall Webinars
SAKI Website, Nov 21, 2016
SAKI TTA has two upcoming webinars! On Thursday, October 27th, join us to learn more about how the New Orleans Police Department and their multidisciplinary team came together to reform their response to sexual assault. On Thursday, November 10th, Dr. Rachel Lovell and Prosecutor Brett Kyker will discuss how research findings are being used to inform and reform how sexual assaults are investigated and prosecuted in Cuyahoga County. To register for these upcoming webinars or to view past SAKI webinars, visit our Webinars page.

First batch of untested rape kits from around the state could be tested mid-2017
Holly Michels, Billings Gazette, Nov 20, 2016
Montana expects to submit a batch of 1,400 untested sexual assault kit for testing as early as spring 2017. A unique challenge in Montana, as well as other states with American Indian tribal reservations, is involving the tribes in the SAK testing and submission process. To learn more about Montana’s efforts, read the full article.

Man sentenced after cold case rape kits ID him in multiple attacks
Dominic Adams, MLive, Oct 27, 2016
After receiving federal grant funds from the U.S. Department of Justice, law enforcement personnel in Flint, Michigan were able to test a backlog of untested SAKs. As a result of this cold case investigation, a man accused of sexually assaulting three girls was identified and sentenced to 25 years in prison. To learn more, read the full article.

How 110 untested rape kits could expose Chesterfield sexual predators
CBS 6. October, 19, 2016. By Claudia Rupcich and Sandra Jones, Oct 19, 2016
Over 100 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Chesterfield, Virginia have been sent for forensic testing as a part of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's efforts to end the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Virginia. Virginia received funding for forensic testing in 2015 from the New York County District Attorney's office and received funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance Sexual Assault Kit Initiative this year. Read the article and watch the video to learn how Chesterfield County anticipates testing will make their community safer.

Testing backlogged rape kits yields 200 indictments
WMC Action News 5, Oct 19, 2016
Two hundred criminals were indicted after Memphis, Tennessee law enforcement personnel tested more than half of their rape kits. In late 2014, the Memphis Police Department discovered thousands of untested rape kits in a storage facility. Currently, 56% of the kits have been tested and resulted in 200 indictments, of which 133 have named suspects and 67 have DNA matches. Read the full article to learn more.

Committed to clearing untested rape kit backlog
Office of the Governor Doug Ducey, Oct 17, 2016
Governor Doug Ducey established a task force in January 2016, known as Executive Order 2016-02, dedicated to inventorying Arizona’s untested rape kits, making recommendations about testing the kits, and creating policies to ensure the kits are tracked more efficiently in the future. He recently received a report from the task force outlining a plan to address the injustice of the untested rape kits, and suggested that all local jurisdictions adopt a test-all approach as well as contract with a vendor to establish a state-wide evidence tracking system.

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