Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) GranteeCity of New Orleans, New Orleans Police Department (Louisiana)

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SAKI awarded the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) a grant in the amount of $1 million, which it will use to inventory unsubmitted SAKs; upgrade its evidence tracking system; and analyze and develop new policies, procedures, and protocols for submissions/tracking, investigations, and prosecutions. NOPD will also fund a SAK hotline and hire a site coordinator, justice advocate, and civilian personnel.

Funded in 2015, the City of New Orleans, NOPD, has met several milestones and achievements through their sexual assault reform program:

  • To enhance their SART, NOPD has created a sub-committee to focus on sexual assault in their transient populations. The new Transient Committee, works to develop programs and policies for the most vulnerable of the survivors including homeless, tourists, students, military and those with difficult immigrant status.
  • In June 2017, the SAKI TTA team conducted a multi-disciplinary two-day workshop for 35 participants across the jurisdiction.
  • Approximately 2/3 of SAKs have been submitted for testing. So far, results from 39 SAKs have returned, with 1 CODIS hit which is linked to a homicide. NOPD cold case is actively working the case along with support from NOPD social workers and SAKI staff.

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The New Orleans SAKI Multidisciplinary Team has created a great resource for survivors. See the brochure.

To learn more about their progress, read below for other news and events out of City of New Orleans, New Orleans Police Department (Louisiana).

News and Events

Man sentenced to 40 years for kidnapping, rape
Fox 8, Nov 20, 2018
DNA evidence found from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit from 2006 that was tested using SAKI funds, leds to a conviction.

DNA links man to 1996 rape in the Irish Channel: DA
Heather Nolan, nola.com, Oct 12, 2018
DNA results have linked a 45-year-old man to a 1996 sexual assault in the Irish Channel.

Jailed man charged in 2nd 1994 New Orleans abduction,rape
WBRZ, Aug 24, 2018
A New Orleans man has been re-indicted after DNA evidence links him to a second abduction and rape in 1994. Screen reader support enabled.

DNA links La. inmate to 1988 New Orleans rape: DA
Heather Nolan, The Times-Picayune, Jul 12, 2018
A Louisiana man currently serving time for attempted rape has been linked via DNA to a 30-year-old rape case in New Orleans.

6 women were kidnapped and raped in New Orleans in the 1980s. The accused attacker was just charged
Emily Lane, The Times-Picayune, Mar 22, 2018
Through the work of the New Orleans Sexual Assault Kit Initiative unit, a man was indicted for the kidnapping and rape of six women from more than 30 years ago.

La. inmate indicted in 2 cold case rapes in New Orleans
Heather Nolan, The Times-Picayune, Mar 22, 2018
A man already serving time for a 2012 sexual assault conviction has been indicted by New Orleans District Attorney’s Office in two previously unsolved rape cases.

Webinar: Reforming Sexual Assault Response in New Orleans
SAKI TTA, Oct 27, 2016
The New Orleans Police Department, in collaboration with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, presented a webinar on the importance of law enforcement leadership and multi-disciplinary partnerships in creating a positive response to sexual assault. Commander Doug Eckert from the New Orleans Police Department discussed how the leadership within the department changed policies and procedures to create a better response to sexual assault. To learn more register and watch the full webinar.

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