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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeState of New Jersey

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In FY2020, the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety received $918,058 in SAKI funding to assist with sexual assault cases—including active unresolved cases, as well as cold cases from 2003 or prior. The funding is being utilized for testing and/or retesting evidence items, budgeting for training and overtime, enhancing victim services, and paying for travel related to engagements with persons of interest. A full-time site coordinator has also been hired. Since 2003, the New Jersey State Police have been able to resolve 98% of cases that have sexual assault-related evidence available.

In FY2022, the State of New Jersey was awarded an additional $1.5 million of funding to continue the re-investigation and prosecution efforts on approximately 59 sexual assault and sexual-related homicides. Additionally, funding will be utilized to support personnel, training, investigative travel, enhanced victim services, and maintaining compliance with recommendations from the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP). Specifically, a significant amount of project funding will be used for advanced DNA testing methodologies, such as DNA phenotyping, forensic genetic genealogy, and kinship testing.

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

State of New Jersey Funding

Year Amount Purpose Area
FY2020 $918,058 Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults
FY2022 $1,500,000 Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults

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News and Events

AG Platkin Announces $2 Million in Federal Funding to Offer Survivors of Sexual Assault a Way to Track the Progress of Their Case
Office of the Attorney General – Matthew J. Platkin, Nov 3, 2023
"Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today announced the receipt of $2 million in competitive federal funding to establish an advanced tracking system for the state’s Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Kits. SAFE Kits are used to preserve physical evidence collected from medical forensic examinations conducted by qualified nurses after an individual has experienced an act of sexual violence. This endeavor is part of an ongoing commitment to provide victims of sexual abuse with support and transparency in navigating the criminal justice process."

Arrest made in 1996 sex assault of girl during home invasion, police say, Sep 17, 2021
A man was charged this week with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl during a Jersey Shore home invasion 25 years ago after investigators used DNA evidence and FGG to identify the attacker, authorities said.

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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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