The Backlog:

New Mexico

In 2015, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety conducted a statewide audit of untested rape kits. In December, they reported that New Mexico has a backlog of 5,406 untested rape kits, some of which date back to the 1980s. These results reflect information received from at least 113 of the state's 148 law enforcement agencies.

While this audit will allow us to have a more accurate picture of the backlog in New Mexico, the legislature must take additional steps to provide survivors with greater access to justice, including requiring the testing of all rape kits booked into evidence. Take action today to advocate for transparency and change from our elected officials.

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In 2009, there were 1,116 rape kits from active cases that had never been tested at the Albuquerque Police Department. Those kits dated back nine years.

Through The Accountability Project, we discovered a backlog of 835 untested kits in Albuquerque.

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