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The Backlog


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 BLOGMarch 10, 2015

Department of Justice Releases Solicitations for New Rape Kit Reform Initiative

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.



Houston reaches significant milestone in addressing untested rape kit backlog

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.


THE BACKLOG BLOGFebruary 2, 2015

Joyful Heart Applauds President’s Investment in Rape Kit Reform

We applaud the inclusion of $41 million in the President's budget for the Justice Department’s community-based sexual assault response initiative.


THE BACKLOG BLOGJanuary 13, 2015

Detroit Launches Fundraising Initiative to Address Rape Kit Backlog

On Tuesday, January 6th 2015, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Detroit Crime Commission, and Michigan Women’s Foundation announced a new public-private collaboration for justice: Enough SAID (Sexual Assault in Detroit).


THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 19, 2014

Manhattan District Attorney Seeks Input from Jurisdictions with Rape Kit Backlog

As the Manhattan DA’s office continues to develop their grant program, they are now looking for input by key stakeholders of jurisdictions with untested rape kits.


THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 9, 2014

Sexual Assault Survivors Given Hope in Congressional Spending Bill

$41 million to address the nation’s rape kit backlog is in the FY15 spending bill released by congressional leaders.


THE BACKLOG BLOGNovember 18, 2014

New Orleans Police Department Special Victims Section Fails To Pursue Hundreds of Sex Crimes

A recent examination of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) revealed that five seasoned detectives of the Special Victims Section failed to pursue over 800 sex crime cases between 2011 and 2013.



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