SIn FY2017, SAKI awarded the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office (OPDA) a grant totaling $1,009,485. OPDA has used the funds to create a Vertical Prosecution Unit for SAKI cases and provide resources for investigation and prosecution of cold case sexual assaults, including (1) locating suspects and witnesses and (2) providing victim support and crime analysis.
In FY2020, OPDA was awarded an additional $1,949,672 in SAKI funding to continue building upon the New Orleans SAKI model that has been supported by two previous SAKI awards. The funding will be used to (1) maintain SAKI Prosecution Unit essential staff to support sexual assault survivors and prosecute perpetrators and (2) ensure survivor safety.
To date, OPDA has met several milestones and achievements through their sexual assault reform program, including the following:
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2017||$1,009,485||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
|FY2020||$1,949,672||Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits|
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The New Orleans SAKI Multidisciplinary Team has created a great resource for survivors. See the brochure.
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.