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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 for the SAKI site-based solicitation?  Answer

Can a crime lab apply?  Answer

What is the projected project period for the SAKI site-based awards?  Answer

How is the BJA SAKI different from the NIJ DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program?  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 their grant funds to SAK testing. What if upon completion of the inventory it is discovered that not all SAKs will be able to be tested using  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

Can I buy lab equipment with this money?  Answer

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

What types of organizations are eligible to apply to the SAKI National TTA solicitation?  Answer

What is the projected project period for the SAKI TTA cooperative agreement?  Answer

What is the range of subject matter expertise that will be required of the National SAKI TTA provider?  Answer

Are partnerships required? The Scope of the program is extremely broad.  Answer

How many jurisdictions across the country will the TTA provider assist?  Answer

How will SAKI sites request and receive training and technical assistance?  Answer

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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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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