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FY2022 Grantee Welcome Webinar - Missing and Unidentified Human Remains (MUHR) Program
Forensics Training and Technical Assistance Team, Mar 8, 2023

The Forensics TTA Team recently hosted a webinar in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The purpose of this webinar is to introduce MUHR grantees to the overall BJA Team that works collectively to administer their award funds - the BJA Policy Office, BJA Programs Office, and BJA Planning, Performance, and Impact Team. The webinar provides useful training information on how to submit progress reports; submit Grant Award Modifications; accept awards; performance management and measures; and other information to support the award management and grant monitoring activities of your project. During this webinar attendees are introduced to the RTI Team and the new Forensics TTA Program, which provide a range of TTA resources and services to all active grantees within BJA's individual forensic science programs.

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FY2023 Solicitation Webinar - Missing and Unidentified Human Remains (MUHR) Program
Forensics Training and Technical Assistance Team, Mar 2, 2023

The Forensics TTA Team recently hosted a webinar in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The purpose of this webinar was to provide details and guidance for potential applicants to the Fiscal Year 2023 BJA Missing and Unidentified Human Remains (MUHR) Program. The MUHR Program furthers the Justice Department's mission of increasing public safety by providing resources to locate and identify missing persons and unidentified human remains in the United States. The presenters provided a solicitation overview to discuss the purposes, goals, and deliverables of this funding opportunity; reviewed the eligibility requirements; the solicitation categories; permissible use of funds; guidance on how to apply for the program; and addressed frequently asked questions.

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FY2023 Solicitation Webinar - Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program
Forensics Training and Technical Assistance Team, Mar 1, 2023

The Forensics TTA Team recently hosted a webinar in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). This webinar provides details and guidance for potential applicants to the Fiscal Year 2023 Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner (ME/C) System Program. The ME/C Program provides funding to help address the extreme shortage of board-certified forensic pathologists in the United States and provides ME/C offices with the resources to become accredited and maintain that accreditation. The presenters provide a solicitation overview to discuss the purpose and goals of this funding opportunity; review the eligibility requirements; the solicitation categories; guidance on how to apply for the program; and address frequently asked questions.

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FY2023 Solicitation Webinar - National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative
SAKI Training and Technical Assistance Team, Feb 27, 2023

The SAKI TTA Team recently hosted a webinar in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). In this webinar, attendees heard from the BJA team regarding the FY2023 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grantee solicitation. Now in its ninth year, the SAKI program has awarded nearly $300 million across 82 unique agencies in the United States since 2015. Presenters overviewed the solicitation in-depth and discussed changes to the SAKI program for FY2023, including the brand new Purpose Area 6 - The National Cold Case Initiative (NCCI). This purpose area encompasses all other violent crime cold cases which are not sexually motivated and provides funding not only for DNA/FGG activities, but also for critical and labor intensive investigative, behavioral and crime analysis, and prosecutorial activities, as well as victim and family advocacy.

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FY2022 Grantee Welcome Webinar - Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program
Forensics Training and Technical Assistance Team, Feb 22, 2023

The Forensics TTA Team recently hosted a webinar in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). This webinar introduced Medical Examiner-Coroner grantees to the overall BJA Team that works collectively to administer their award funds - the BJA Policy Office, BJA Programs Office, and BJA Planning, Performance, and Impact Team. The webinar provided useful training information on how to submit progress reports; submit Grant Award Modifications; accept awards; performance management and measures; and other information to support the award management and grant monitoring activities. Viewers were also introduced to the new Forensics Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program, led by RTI International, that will provide a range of TTA resources and services to all active grantees within BJA's individual forensic science programs.

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FY2022 Grantee Welcome Webinar - Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA Program
Forensics Training and Technical Assistance Team, Feb 9, 2023

The Forensics TTA Team recently hosted a webinar in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). During this webinar, BJA provided an overview of the Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA program, guidelines for newly awarded grantees, and addressed questions from attendees. Attendees were also introduced to the BJA Policy and Programs Office, as well as the Forensics Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Team.

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Man arrested in 1984 murders of mother, 10-year-old son in Charlotte
WBTV, Feb 9, 2023

"An arrest has been made in the nearly 40-year-old double murder of a mother and son in Charlotte’s Hidden Valley neighborhood, authorities say. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police announced the arrest of James Thomas Pratt, 60, in connection with the murders of Sarah Mobley Hall, 27, and her 10-year-old son, Derrick Dion Mobley."

How is North Carolina doing on the rape kit backlog?
WFmynews2, Feb 8, 2023

"Back in 2018, the attorney general's office found over 16,000 untested rape kits in local law enforcement offices across the state. Since then, they have cut that backlogged number in half. The AG's office hopes to speed up production with more staff. The office anticipates backlogged rape kit testing will be done by the end of the year, or by the start of 2024."

Man kidnapped and sexually assaulted three women in 7-year period, Lexington police say
Lexington Herald Leader/Kentucky.com, Feb 4, 2023

"George Wayne Aldridge, 52, was arrested Friday and charged in three abductions and sexual assaults between 2009 and 2016, the Lexington Police Department said in a news release early Saturday. Police said they worked the cold cases in conjunction with Kentucky State Police, the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky Office of Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Task Force."

DNA testing leads to charges against Kalamazoo man for 2005 sexual assault of girl, 14
Mlive.com, Feb 3, 2023

"Shawn Darnell Robinson Hopkins, 37, Kalamazoo, was arraigned Thursday, Feb. 2, on one felony count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Kalamazoo County District Court. He is accused of giving a 14-year-old girl alcohol and marijuana before sexually assaulting her in June 2005, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a written statement. He was charged through the Kalamazoo Sexual Assault Kit Initiative."