The Backlog:

New Mexico

In December 2015, an audit revealed at least 5,406 untested rape kits in New Mexico. Legislation is currently pending that would allocate funding to process these untested kits.

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety's statewide audit of untested rape kits revealed a backlog of 5,409 untested rape kits, some of which date back to the 1980s. These results reflect information received from at least 113 of the state's 148 law enforcement agencies.

In 2016, a resolution (SM-50) was passed that the Secretary of Public Safety and Director of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual Violence would establish a task force to address the backlog of untested rape kits. 

Since the statewide audit was completed, we have urged lawmakers in New Mexico to take additional steps towards comprehensive reform, including requiring that all rape kits booked into evidence are tested. This legislation is a step forward in New Mexico, and we will continue to monitor this reform and update this page it develops. 

Join us and take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

  • Backlog Status

Count
Counting Complete
Testing
Testing Status Unknown
Resolved
Unknown
Size
5,409*
  • Reform Status

Tracking Testing Victim Notification
No Known Reform
Reform in Progress
Partial Reform
Complete Reform
  • Additional Information

In 2009, there were 1,116 rape kits from active cases that had never been tested at the Albuquerque Police Department. Those kits dated back nine years.

Through The Accountability Project, we discovered a backlog of 835 untested kits in Albuquerque.

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