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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeCity of Boston (Massachusetts)

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The City of Boston Police Department (BPD) was awarded $2.5 million in FY2021 to improve Boston's capacity to respond to violent crime, most specifically sexual assault. BPD intends to utilize the funding to expand resources for investigating and prosecuting cases that result from sexual assault kit evidence. The City of Boston will develop a multidisciplinary working group that includes BPD, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and local sexual assault nurse examiners. The multidisciplinary working group will review, inventory, and follow up on the investigations of up to 100 unsolved sexual assault cases; additionally, the working group will contract with an evaluation consultant and external crime laboratory. The working group will also be developing an evaluation and sustainability plan to implement ongoing improvements and sustainability for sexual assault response reform.

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

City of Boston Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2021 $2,500,000 Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits

News and Events

Dorchester man arrested in connection with 2014 rape, Boston police say
WCVB 5, Mar 1, 2023
"Boston police announced Wednesday that 30-year-old Ali Tariq Abdallah-Muhammad, of Dorchester, was arrested at about 5 p.m. Tuesday on an outstanding warrant of one count of rape stemming from a 2014 sexual assault. Police confirmed that the investigation that led to Abdallah-Muhammad's arrest was initiated through the department's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative."

Former Boston Uber driver charged in cold-case sex assault investigation, Sep 24, 2022
A former Boston Uber driver and Hyde Park resident was arrested Friday on multiple charges of sexual assault. The Boston Police Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Program assisted in Mancortes’ arrest, investigators said. Police said the findings of the kit could result in further charges as detectives continue their investigations.

BPD charges alleged serial rapist thanks to rape kit initiative, Sep 13, 2022
"Boston police arrested an alleged serial rapist Monday using evidence collected through the department’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative program. “The opportunities presented by this SAK Initiative will give us the tools that we need to support victims of sexual assault in more comprehensive and trauma informed ways,” Lt. Richard Driscoll, commander of the Sexual Assault Unit, said in a statement about the program earlier this year. “We so appreciate the opportunity that the Bureau of Justice Assistance has given us.”

Boston police launch new initiative to solve cold case rapes
WCVB5, Jul 23, 2022
"But police are taking another look at 1,000 kits where no DNA was detected, using a $2.5 million federal grant to submit the kits to an outside lab for advanced DNA testing. The new technology uses what's called Y screening, used to detect male DNA. "That's what's really exciting about this grant," said Kevin Kosiorek, director of the department's crime lab. "The federal government wants us to test everything. They're not satisfied unless it gets re-screened using Y screening."

Sexual assault kit initiative leads to arrest of Boston rape suspect
WHDH TV 7 NEWS, May 13, 2022
"A Roslindale man was arraigned Friday after being linked through DNA evidence to an alleged incident of rape and is set to be arraigned for another on Monday, District Attorney Kevin Hayden said. Irving Pierre, 40, of Roslindale was arraigned in the West Roxbury Division of Boston Municipal court in connection with a 2013 rape of a then-16-year-old."

The Boston Police Department Announces the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative During Sexual Assault Awareness Month., Apr 27, 2022
The National Sexual Assault Violence Resource Center (NSARC) has declared April Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM. The Mission of NSARC is to raise awareness about sexual violence around the world, and to educate communities on how to prevent it. For the Boston Police Department (BPD), we honor this call to action by focusing on the launch of a 2.5 million-dollar, 3-year grant, that was awarded to the BPD in December of 2021, titled the FY 2021 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI).

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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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