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 19, 2015
As part of its ongoing effort to identify the number of untested rape kits across the United States, the Joyful Heart Foundation today released information obtained from Charlotte, NC; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Portland, OR and San Diego, CA
THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 13, 2015
The Joyful Heart Foundation today praised the House Committee on Appropriations’ inclusion of $41 million in funding for the Justice Department’s community-based sexual assault response initiative in their FY16 Commerce, Justice and Science funding bill.
THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 29, 2015
There is still time to apply for the New York District Attorney's Office's (DANY) Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program, which will provide $35 million in grants to jurisdictions addressing their backlogs of untested rape kits.
THE BACKLOG BLOGApril 1, 2015
The funding can be used to test previously unanalyzed rape kits.
THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 27, 2015
Senate Joint Resolution 20 was delivered to the Governor this month after being passed in both the House and Senate unanimously. This bill requires a state audit of all untested rape kits in the custody of law enforcement agencies.
THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 16, 2015
Today, Vice President Biden will deliver remarks in Maryland to highlight the Administration’s new Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, which is investing $41 million this year to help communities accelerate testing of the estimated 400,000 rape kits that have been backlogged in law enforcement storage rooms and crime labs across the country.
THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 10, 2015
Today, the Joyful Heart Foundation welcomed the U.S. Department of Justice's release of two solicitations for funding to address the growing backlog of sexual assault kits at law enforcement agencies.
THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 5, 2015
Last week, Houston officials announced that testing has been completed on 6,663 previously untested rape kits, some dating as far back as the 1980s.