The Backlog:


We do not know the extent of the backlog in Hawai‘i, however a report from 2016 revealed at least 1,500 untested sexual assault kits stored at the Honolulu Police Department. Like many states, Hawai‘i does not require its law enforcement agencies to track or count rape kits, making it difficult to know the extent of the rape kit backlog here. However, legislation recently introduced in Hawai‘i could soon change that.  

In 2016, legislators in Hawai‘i introduced three bills (HB-1907, SB-2309 and SB-2366). HB-1907 and SB-2309 would require an annual statewide audit of rape kits and direct the Attorney General to establish a tracking program. The program would also require rape kits to be submitted to a crime lab for testing within 10 days of collection and tested within six months. SB-2366 would require an annual statewide audit of untested rape kits.

In February 2016, Joyful Heart’s Hawai‘i Executive Director, Kata Issari, testified in front of the Hawai‘i House of Representatives' Committee on Human Services to advocate for HB-1907. The bill was subsequently passed by the House, and additionally SB-2366 has passed the Senate. Both bills now await action from the other chamber, respectively.

If passed, Hawai‘i would join a growing number of states all across the country making real reforms to end the backlog. 

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

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*Currently, there is no statewide number, however a 2016 report revealed 1,500 untested kits at Honolulu Police Department

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