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Across the country, the rape kit backlog is making headlines. Journalists are uncovering backlogs, jurisdictions are implementing reforms to track and test rape kits and citizens are taking action. In the Media Center, you'll find the latest information about the backlog, including: commentary from the ENDTHEBACKLOG staff and backlog reformers, first-person testimonials from those impacted by the backlog, an archive of news articles, op-eds, investigative reports, legislation and government publications we've identified, and more.

ENDTHEBACKLOGSeptember 24, 2013

Rape Kit Backlog Featured on the Katie Couric Show

A courageous survivor named Helena and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy appeared alongside Mariska Hargitay to shed light on the backlog. Helena waited 14 years for justice. Worthy is working to address the backlog of over 11,000 in Detroit.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGAugust 30, 2013

Joyful Heart Presents on Victim Notification at the 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference

At the 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference, Joyful Heart presented a workshop on our research on victim notification and the rape kit backlog, defining victim notification and current practices across the country and walking the audience through the many decisions jurisdictions face when notifying survivors that their rape kits were part of a backlog. They were joined by a panel of experts who have direct experience with notification: Detective James Blocker of the LA Police Department (LAPD), Robert Taylor, Assistant Director of the LA Sheriff's Department (LASD) Crime Lab, and Anne Kinetra, an investigator with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGMay 9, 2013

JHF's Annual Gala features powerful stories of backlog's impact

As part of Joyful Heart Foundation's 6th Annual Gala, Audrey Polk took to the stage to share her story.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGMarch 13, 2013

Rape kit backlog highlighted on NO MORE Day

NO MORE Day of Action included a landmark speech by Joyful Hearts's Founder, Mariska Hargitay, at the National Press Club that shined much-needed light on the backlog of untested rape kits.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGMay 17, 2011

Letter-writing effort calls for federal reform

Supporters sign over 400 letters calling for comprehensive, compassionate and victim-centered rape kit reform.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGMarch 11, 2011

NYCAASA’s 2011 Lydia Martinez Collaboration Awards

The Lydia Martinez Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration Awards were presented to five recipients in honor of the late First Grade Detective C. Lydia Martinez, a remarkable Special Victims Detective in New York City. I had the privilege of meeting Lydia and the strength, compassion and light that emanated from her were incredible. On Monday, her colleagues and friends, many of whom filled the room in which we were sitting, spoke about the indelible effect she had on their lives, the lives of the survivors she served and on the city’s collective response to sexual assault by law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates and medical personnel.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGSeptember 29, 2010

SVU raises backlog awareness

Joyful Heart Foundation hosts Law & Order: Special Victims Unit viewing events to raise awareness of the rape kit backlog.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGMay 11, 2010

Testifying Before Congress on the Rape Kit Backlog

On May 20, 2010, Mariska testified before the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on the backlog of untested rape kits in this country.

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