ENDTHEBACKLOG News: December/January

$45 Million Allocated to Rape Kit Reform in Federal
Spending Bill Signed into Law on Friday

Joyful Heart Foundation praises the inclusion of $45 million for rape kit reform in the FY16 omnibus spending bill, signed into law by President Obama on Friday afternoon. This funding for the U.S. Department of Justice's community-based sexual assault kit initiative will provide jurisdictions the resources to test backlogged kits, investigate and prosecute cases connected to the backlog, and develop victim notification protocols. Joyful Heart has been a leader in the effort to provide much-needed support for communities as they work to end their backlogs and secure justice for survivors.

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Expanding The Accountability Project to Uncover the Rape
Kit Backlog

We're excited to announce the expansion of The Accountability Project, our work to uncover the extent of rape kit backlogs in cities across the United States, to more than 25 jurisdictions. With the help of our pro-bono lawyers at Goodwin Procter LLP, our public records requests will reach cities from Albany, NY to Anchorage, AK. So far, The Accountability Project has uncovered more than 30,000 untested rape kits and served as a major catalyst for reform to address the backlog. See if your city is one of the ones we're looking at.

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Fact Sheet: Spotlight on Cities Addressing the Rape
Kit Backlog

Cleveland, Memphis, Detroit and Houston are each cities that have been addressing their backlogs of untested kits over the past few years. The results have been clear: testing all kits can bring valuable evidence to light and offer healing for survivors.

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DOJ Works To Prevent Gender Bias in Police Response to
Sexual Violence

The Justice Department has just issued new guidance to assist law enforcement in identifying and preventing gender bias. It specifically calls for a thorough and effective investigation of sexual assault, including the collection and analysis of rape kits in a timely manner.

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