Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeCity of Albuquerque (New Mexico)

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SAKI awarded the City of Albuquerque - Police Department a $2,499,796 grant to help the city with testing more than 5,000 sexual assault kits. In addition to the testing of sexual assault kits, the department plans to use the grant money to follow up on investigative leads, strengthen victim services through victim notification, and prosecute eligible cases.

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More indictments, arrest made in oldest unsolved rape case being investigated
Shellye Leggett, KOAT 7, Apr 4, 2019
Bernalillo County SAKI site made an arrest in the oldest sexual assault cold case from 2006.

Backlog hit leads to third rape charge against man
Matthew Reisen, Albuquerque Journal, Mar 20, 2019
DNA from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit from 2015 led to the arrest of a man who has been charged in two similar rapes from previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in the past year.

DA gives update on rape kit backlog
Matthew Reisen, Albuquerque Journal, Mar 7, 2019
The Bernalillo County DA says that they have screened over half of the previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits submitted to them. They have charged four people in connection to backlogged cases.

Suspects facing charges from rape kit backlog to appear in court
KRQE Media, Feb 8, 2019
Two suspects are facing charges in the first case resulting from testing Bernalillo County's previously unsubmitted kits.

Editorial: NM is closer to ensuring rape victims get justice
Albuqurque Journal Editorial Board, The Albuqurque Journal, Dec 26, 2018
Albuquerque is working towards submitting all of their previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

Mayor: Albuquerque has cleared half its rape kit backlog
KANW 89.3, Dec 17, 2018
Albuquerque police have submitted 2,900 of their previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits to their city's crime laboratory, cutting their number of previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in half.

Albuquerque makes progress on rape kit backlog
The Associated Press, The Durango Herald, Aug 20, 2018
The city of Albuquerque has tested 1,050 of 4,543 unprocessed sexual assault evidence kits as of the end of July.

Grants awarded to begin processing rape kits
Ryan Boetel, Albuquerque, Oct 2, 2017
The City of Albuquerque received two grants to address thousands of untested rape kits, including $2.5 million through the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

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