The National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases, increases public safety through a comprehensive and victim-centered approach, builds capacity to prevent accumulation of unsubmitted sexual assault kits in the future, and supports the investigation and prosecution of the resulting cases. This meeting, hosted by the SAKI Training and Technical Assistance (SAKI TTA) Team, supports these goals and the Department of Justice's key criminal justice priorities of reducing violent crime and supporting criminal justice agencies.
This conference seriesoriginally called the Summit of Citiesstarted when Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (Michigan), City of Memphis Division of Police Services (Tennessee), and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office (Ohio) gathered to discuss strategies and challenges associated with inventorying and testing previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Once SAKI funding became available, this training series grew to include all SAKI sites as participants. In recent years, the event has been hosted by the Portland Police Bureau (2017); City of Duluth, Minnesota (2018); and SAKI sites in Jacksonville, Florida (2019). The SAKI TTA Team is excited to carry on the Assembly of Cities in 2021! The SAKI TTA Team would like to thank our steering committee representatives from the SAKI sites in New Orleans (Louisiana), Mobile (Alabama), Fayetteville (North Carolina), and Tulsa (Oklahoma) for their guidance on the event agenda and presenters.
The 2021 SAKI Assembly of Cities is open to all local-level Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) SAKI awardees, as well as other jurisdictions involved in pursuing justice for victims of sexual violence. The 2021 SAKI Assembly of Cities will highlight navigating the criminal justice system during a pandemic, using social media to investigate cases, and responding to sexual assault in homeless populations; additional topics will include expert testimony, serial offenders, vulnerable populations, vicarious trauma, and more. This meeting will provide an opportunity for jurisdictions from across the country that are addressing sexual assault response reform to share strategies and challenges related to testing, investigation, prosecution, and policy or protocol development.
Use this form to register for the 2021 SAKI Assembly of Citiesanticipated to take place Tuesday, April 27 - Thursday, April 29, utilizing SAKI TTA's virtual platform. Registration will close at 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, April 15.