Update: The 2018 SAKI solicitation has been released. Apply for funding by April 30, 2018.
SAKI is enhancing the criminal justice response to sexual assault and ensuring justice for victims. SAKI funding will not only help link victims to advocates and needed services, but also help jurisdictions implement best practices and comprehensive reform to help bring perpetrators to justice and increase safety in communities by preventing future sexual assaults.
SAKI TTA Webinar - Emerging DNA Techniques
SAKI TTA, Mar 14, 2018
This webinar highlighted innovative technologies for use in DNA forensics. Emerging DNA Techniques featured presentations from Cybergenetics, Genetic Genealogy, and Parabon NanoLabs. Dr. Mark W. Perlin, Cybergenetics, discussed the use of DNA mixture evidence to solve sexual assault cases and the importance of uploading the profiles obtained from a mixed sample to a DNA database. Dr. Barbara Rae-Venter, Genetic Genealogy, highlighted the use of autosomal DNA in cold case sexual assault investigations and how to apply it to an example case. Dr. Ellen Greytak, Parabon NanoLabs, discussed the benefits of DNA phenotyping when applied to criminal investigations through the use of their software, Snapshot.
SAKI Makes Forensic Magazine Headlines
Forensic Magazine, Jan 16, 2018
As 2018 ushers in another year of coordinated sexual assault response for SAKI grantees, Forensic Magazine reflected on SAKI's legacy to test all unsubmitted sexual assault kits and pursue prosecutions in Cuyahoga County (OH), Memphis (TN), and Phoenix (AZ). SAKI Director and Senior Forensic Policy Advisor at the Office of Justice Programs, Dr. Angela Williamson, was interviewed as part of the magazine's "Rape Kits in America" series. Read all 3 parts for a full picture of today's challenges and successes.
SAKI TTA Webinar - Lawfully Owed DNA Part 2
SAKI TTA, Jan 31, 2018
This webinar was presented by Amy Jeanguenat, Principal Consultant with Mindgen LLC, and Jayann Sepich, founder of DNA Saves. This webinar was the second in a two-part series discussing lawfully owed DNA. This webinar focused on recognizing the importance of obtaining and processing lawfully owed DNA samples in adequate time to recognize the full benefits of the CODIS database. Jayann Sepich discussed the relevance of lawfully owed DNA databases and the complexity of data collection. Amy Jeanguenat discussed considerations and strategies for assessing the scope of sample collection, tracking, and processing within a jurisdiction and the impact to the crime laboratory.