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Upcoming Solicitations from the Bureau of Justice Assistance
Bureau of Justice Assistance, Jan 30, 2020
Dr. Angela Williamson, Supervisor of National Initiatives, FBI/ViCAP Liaison, presented on criminal justice-based programs that will soon be requesting proposals. The Forensics-related programs include the following: The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, The Strategies for Policing Innovation Program, and The Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative. The presentation discussing these solicitations can be found here. The Investigations-related programs include the following: The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, Public Safety Partnership, The Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative, and Multidisciplinary Task Forces to Combat Human Trafficking. The presentation discussing these solicitations can be found here.

New system lets survivors track rape kits
SHIRA SCHOENBERG, CommonWealth, Jan 29, 2020
Massachusetts is rolling out a new system that will allow survivors of sexual assault to track online the processing of evidence collected from them at hospitals following an assault.

Attorney general gives update on Missouri’s untested rape kit process
Fourstateshomepage.com, Jan 25, 2020
Earlier this week, Missouri’s attorney general announced testing is now underway on a backlog of thousands of untested sexual assault kits.

DNA match leads to arrest of Fayetteville man in 1989 rape of underage girl
Akilah Davis , ABC 11 Eyewitness News, Jan 24, 2020
A rape test kit that sat for decades has helped police make an arrest in the rape of a minor that happened more than 30 years ago.

Georgia Uses DNA Sample and Genealogy to Solve 1999 Rapes
The New York Times, Jan 12, 2020
Genetic Genealogy used to solve 3 cold case sexual assaults from 1999 in Georgia.

A serial killing suspect is returned to Dallas after nearly 17 years on the run
Faith Karimi, CNN, Jan 10, 2020
A serial killing suspect charged in the deaths of three women has been arrested and returned to Dallas after nearly 17 years on the run.

Chester man gets 20 years for Wilmington rape spree
DJ McAneny, WDEL, Jan 10, 2020
A Pennsylvania man is heading to prison for 20 years after raping seven women in secluded Wilmington locations over the course of five years, the Delaware Department of Justice announced Friday.

Raleigh man charged in decade-old Fayetteville sex assault case
WRAL, Jan 7, 2020
Man charged in connection with 2009 sexual assault based on DNA evidence that had not been tested previously.

Two men are charged in separate sexual assaults after the testing of rape kits
Sophie Cockie, Star Advertiser, Jan 1, 2020
Two men have been charged with sexual assault on Hawaii island following a statewide effort to test hundreds of rape kits that for years sat unprocessed in county storage facilities.

Possible serial rapists ID'd in testing of backlogged rape kits in Jefferson Co.
Cynthia Gould, ABC 33/49, Dec 23, 2019
Jefferson County SAKI has inventoried 4000 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. So far, 500 kits have been tested and 52 produced CODIS hits.

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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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