In FY2019, SAKI awarded D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, a grant in the amount of $1 million. Funds are being used to support additional overtime needed to ensure the ability to conduct thorough investigations. Funding also will be used to conduct forensic genealogy on an estimated 500 sexual assault kits (SAKs) that have been tested; SAK genealogy testing began in 2020. Additionally, a SAKI site coordinator was hired in 2020 to track funding, data collection, and testing results.
For more information on the specific SAKI awards for this site, see the table below.
|FY2019||$1,000,000||Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults|
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.