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Sexual Assault Kit Initiative for program pageSamuel Little: Confessions of a Killer
With 93 confessions of murder to date, learn about the efforts being taken by BJA, FBI, Texas Rangers, and state and local law enforcement agencies to help identify Samuel Little victims and bring justice to victims’ families. Learn more about America’s most prolific serial killer to date and access his drawings and video confessions.

Additional News:

Over 47,000 Kits Tested Through BJA's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative since 2015
Through the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), BJA has worked with 54 jurisdictions across 35 states to date to identify over 200,000 unsubmitted sexual assault kits and to test more than 47,000 of these.

DOJ BJA's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Helps Bring Serial Killer Samuel Little to Justice
SAKI, an innovative BJA program that is helping law enforcement agencies nationwide test rape kits and close cold case sexual assaults and homicides, is one of the critical investigative tools that led authorities to believe Samuel Little may be the worst serial killer in American history, by enabling police across the country to corroborate at least 34 of Little's confessions.

'Looking backwards can tell us a whole lot about moving forward'
See how funding from BJA's SAKI program has impacted Cuyahoga County, Ohio's efforts to address evidence backlogs, prosecute offenders, and better serve victims.

FY 2018 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Awards
BJA awards a total of $42,948,171 to 32 sites under FY 2018 SAKI grants.
BJA is pleased to announce that 32 awards were made under FY2018 SAKI funding. Awards will cover a wide variety of activities including inventorying and testing sexual assault kits, investigations and prosecutions, victim support, and collection of lawfully owed DNA samples from offenders.

BJA received a large number of applications from the field this year and as such reduced award amounts overall so that as many sites as possible could be funded. Refer to the link above for full details.

The SAKI National Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program provides direct assistance to jurisdictions that receive funding through SAKI as well as other jurisdictions engaged in reform efforts. The selected TTA provider is charged with assisting jurisdictions in establishing sustainable change in practices, protocols, and policies as they relate to untested SAKs and sexual assault response. While each jurisdiction encounters unique challenges and circumstances, common issues are identified across all site grantees. BJA collaborated with the TTA provider to produce an online toolkit/resource guide to provide guidance and a centralized source of evidence-based practices and relevant TTA resources that can be leveraged by all jurisdictions grappling with the challenge of untested SAKs.

TTA website: https://www.sakitta.org

Angela Williamson
Senior Policy Advisor (Forensics)
202-307-5831
E-mail: Angela.Williamson@ojp.usdoj.gov

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, BJA-Sponsored, April 2019. This snapshot highlights data, using the Performance Measurement Tool, reported by Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grantees between October 2015 and December 2018.
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SAKI TTA Factsheet, BJA-Sponsored, January 2019. This fact sheet provides information about BJA's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) program, including focus areas, partners, and frequently asked questions.
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Prioritizing Cold Case CODIS Hit Follow-up: Strategies for Sexual Assault Investigators, BJA-Sponsored, February 2018. This document provides information on the appropriate actions to take when sexual assault investigators receive a CODIS hit notification.
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Utilizing CODIS for Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits, BJA-Sponsored, February 2018. This resource provides an overview of how and when to use the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) for uploading foreign DNA profiles to help identify potential perpetrators.
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More BJA Publications

How much funding is available to support SAKI?  Answer

What types of organizations are eligible to apply to the SAKI Site-Based solicitation?  Answer

Can a crime lab be a lead applicant to either Purpose Area of the solicitation?  Answer

What is the projected project period for the SAKI Site awards?  Answer

Can I use this funding to address backlogged SAKs currently awaiting testing in my jurisdiction’s crime laboratory?  Answer

Can I buy lab equipment with this money?  Answer

How is the BJA SAKI different from the NIJ DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction program?  Answer

Can FY2015 SAKI grantees apply for additional funding under the FY2016 SAKI Solicitation?  Answer

How did BJA develop the three-prong model to address the issues associated with unsubmitted SAKs?  Answer

Our jurisdiction has already completed an inventory of existing untested SAKs outside of the crime lab. Can we still apply for funding?  Answer

BJA has stated that it does not anticipate funding projects that propose allocating more than 50 percent of grant funds to SAK testing. What if, upon completion of the inventory, it is discovered that not all SAKs will be tested using the BJA grant?  Answer

If we have already completed the testing phase, can we apply for money for the prosecution of cases?  Answer

How does Purpose Area 2, Collection of Lawfully Owed DNA from Convicted Offenders to Assist with Sexual Assault Investigations and Prosecutions, relate to the overall goals of SAKI?  Answer

My jurisdiction did not receive funding under the 2015 SAKI Program. Is my jurisdiction eligible to apply for funding under Purpose Area 2?  Answer

Can Purpose Area 2 funding be used for DNA collections from all eligible convicted offenders as opposed to those believed to be sexual offenders?   Answer

Does the SAKI Coordinator run this project as well, or can it be a different person?  Answer

The testing of unsubmitted SAKs will likely cause greater backlogs in state labs (as a result of processing or the technical review process). Does BJA intend to address this issue as well?  Answer

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Grantees

BJA/DANY SAKI Partnership
Through SAKI, BJA formed a partnership with the New York County District Attorney's Office (DANY) to leverage mutual resources and expand the number of sites receiving TTA and resources to address untested SAKs. Learn about the sites/jurisdictions that received funding from BJA, DANY or BJA/DANY in FY 2015. Also see the press release, District Attorney Vance Awards $38 Million in Grants to Help 32 Jurisdictions in 20 States Test Backlogged Rape Kits.


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Anticipated FY 2019 Solicitations that Support Law Enforcement

This resource highlights different law enforcement solicitations that are expected to be available from BJA in FY 2019, including opportunities that relate to body-worn cameras, human trafficking investigations, opioids, school safety, and more.


Nearly $43 Million Awarded to Support the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

BJA has awarded almost $43 million via 32 grants to support the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), an effort to strengthen jurisdictions’ capacity to act on evidence resulting from sexual assault kits. Learn more about SAKI and the FY 2018 awards.


Genealogy Research: Successful Convictions of a Serial Rapist

On May 23, 2019, at 2 p.m. ET, the BJA-supported Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Training and Technical Assistance program will host a webinar to increase understanding of how genealogy can be used effectively in sex-related crimes. Participants can learn how genealogy research/investigation can bring new leads to decades-old cold cases.


Sexual Assault Kit Initiative: National Training and Technical Assistance Program

The FY 2019 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative: National Training and Technical Assistance Program opportunity is now available. Through this program, BJA is seeking applications for funding to support national training and technical assistance for jurisdictions engaged in comprehensive response system improvement related to the issue of unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Apply by: April 30, 2019.


FY 2019 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

Through the FY 2019 SAKI solicitation, BJA is seeking applications for funding to address the issue and impact of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) at law enforcement agencies. This program works to improve: 1) state and local jurisdictions' capacities to respond to violent crime; and 2) the functioning of the criminal justice system through the investigation and prosecution of cases resulting from SAK evidence and the collection of lawfully owed DNA. Apply by: April 9, 2019.


Over $38 Million Awarded to Expand Sexual Assault Kit Testing

Through the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, BJA has awarded more than $38 million to help state, tribal and local government agencies process sexual assault kits in law enforcement custody that have not been submitted to forensic laboratories. See the press release for additional details.


National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Solicitation Released

BJA is seeking applications for funding to address the issue of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) at law enforcement agencies. 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 SAKs. The focus of this solicitation is on kits that have never been submitted to a forensic laboratory. Applications are due April 26, 2016.


National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

BJA has released the FY 2018 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) solicitation. Through the SAKI opportunity, BJA is seeking applications for funding to address the issue and impact of unsubmitted sexual assault kits at law enforcement agencies. Apply by: April 30, 2018.


National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2017 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) competitive grant announcement. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the reform of approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Apply by: March 2, 2017.


Funding:

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative: National Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2019 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/30/2019, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding to support national training and technical assistance (TTA) for jurisdictions engaged in comprehensive response system improvement related to the issue of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs).
Solicitation


National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) FY 2019 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/09/2019, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding to address the issue and impact of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) at law enforcement agencies.
Solicitation


National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)
Application Deadline: 04/30/2018, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding to address the issue and impact of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) at law enforcement agencies. This program furthers the Department’s mission by improving: 1) state and local jurisdictions’ capacities to respond to violent crime; and 2) the functioning of the criminal justice system, including the investigation and prosecution of cases related to SAKs’ evidence and the collection of lawfully owed DNA
Solicitation


National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/02/2017, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding to address the issue of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) at law enforcement agencies. This program furthers the Department’s mission by improving state and local jurisdictions’ response to violent crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system.
Solicitation  Webinar

 

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