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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.

THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 20, 2015

Statements for the Senate Judiciary Hearing, "Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights"

Sarah Haacke Byrd is testifying before the hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, “Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights.” Her testimony, here.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 24, 2015

Insider Look: Conference on Crimes Against Women

Earlier this month, Managing Director Sarah Haacke Byrd and Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor, Ilse Knecht traveled to Dallas to attend the 10th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 16, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Hosts Webinar on Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program

On Monday, April 20th at 11:00am ET, the New York District Attorney's Office (DANY) will host a webinar on its Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGNovember 14, 2014

A Watershed Moment to End the Backlog

This week, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced $35 million in funding for jurisdictions to test backlogged rape kits—the single largest financial contribution toward ending the rape kit backlog.

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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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