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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeOrleans Parish (Louisiana) District Attorney's Office

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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:

  • Enhanced their sexual assault response team by creating a subcommittee to focus on sexual assault in transient populations; the Transient Committee works to develop programs and policies for the most vulnerable survivors—including tourists, students, and military personnel. Survivors who are homeless or have a difficult immigrant status are also vulnerable.
  • Attended a multidisciplinary 2-day workshop for 35 participants across the jurisdiction in June 2017; the SAKI Training and Technical Assistance team conducted this training.
  • Submitted all SAKs for testing; as of March 2019 results have returned from 39 SAKs—with 1 Combined DNA Index System hit linked to a homicide. NOPD's Cold Case Unit is actively working the case, along with support from NOPD social workers and SAKI staff.
  • Indicted a multi-jurisdictional rapist for five counts of rape and five counts of kidnapping; his DNA hit to five cases in Los Angeles (2015 to 2018) and three cases in Missouri (2004 to 2005).
  • Began engaging with the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office (OPDA) SAKI team in an ongoing assessment and mapping of the response to sexual assault cases; all agencies with multidisciplinary teams have been involved in these activities.
  • Crafted a resource brochure for sexual assault victims in conjunction with OPDA (see link below)
  • The New Orleans SAKI Multidisciplinary Team has created this great resource for survivors.

For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.

Orleans Parish (LA) District Attorney's Office Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
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.

Orleans Parish (Louisiana) District Attorney's Office Grantee Site Representatives

News and Events

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 to learn more.

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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.

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