Take Action: Urge Congress to Provide $36 Million to Help End the Backlog

With a few simple actions, you can let your legislators know how important their work to address the rape kit backlog is to you.

Urge your House of Representatives member to support this funding as the FY2015 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill, which provides for $36 million to help communities address their backlogs, moves through the House. 

Send your letter here. 

Update (May 27, 2014): The Senate will soon take up its companion legislation. Write to your Senators to urge them to prioritize this funding. 

Send your letter here. 


We also invite you to thank the members of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee leadership who are prioritizing ending the rape kit backlog. 

Thank you @RepHalRogers for prioritizing funding in the House CJS bill to #ENDTHEBACKLOG of untested rape kits. endthebacklog.org

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Thank you @RepWOLFPress for prioritizing funding in the House CJS bill to #ENDTHEBACKLOG of untested rape kits. endthebacklog.org

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Thank you @NitaLowey for prioritizing funding in the House CJS bill to #ENDTHEBACKLOG of untested rape kits. endthebacklog.org

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Thank you @chakafattah for prioritizing funding in the House CJS bill to #ENDTHEBACKLOG of untested rape kits. endthebacklog.org

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- By Lendon Ebbels, May 15, 2014

ENDTHEBACKLOG is a program of the Joyful Heart Foundation to shine a light on the backlog of untested rape kits throughout the United States. Our goal is to end this injustice by conducting groundbreaking research identifying the extent of the nation’s backlog and best practices for eliminating it, expanding the national dialogue on rape kit testing through increased public awareness, engaging communities and government agencies and officials and advocating for comprehensive rape kit reform legislation and policies at the local, state and federal levels. We urge you to learn more about the backlog, where it exists and why it matters. We invite you to take action and support efforts to test rape kits. Help us send the message that we must take rape seriously.

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