2016 SAKI National Meeting
BJA and the SAKI TTA Team are committed to working with communities to develop a coordinated response to sexual assault cases. The goal of the SAKI TTA project is to offer the required expertise and level of assistance that jurisdictions need to establish effective and sustainable practices for collecting and processing forensic evidence, investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases, and supporting survivors of sexual assault.
The SAKI National Meeting was held in Washington, DC, on June 13-14, 2016, at the Office of Justice Programs Ballroom and included representatives from SAKI sites, DANY sites, the SAKI TTA Team, BJA and other invited guests including District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Chief Mary Lentschke, District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, and survivor Natasha Alexenko. During this 2-day meeting, sites had the opportunity to engage with their fellow SAKI grantee recipients on current challenges and lessons learned within and across state and local sites. Topics discussed included evidence tracking and the SAK inventory process; laboratory testing, including outsourcing considerations; cold case sexual assault investigation and prosecution; Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) hit follow-up; victim engagement and support; and maximizing CODIS through the collection of lawfully owed DNA. Breakout discussions were also used to allow for further exchange of information and ideas.
District Attorney of New York County Cyrus R. Vance Jr. with BJA Director Denise E. O'Donnell
This photo includes BJA and DANY staff representatives, as well as the representatives who attended the meeting from each SAKI and DANY grantee.