United State of Women Summit: Holding Jurisdictions Accountable for Ending the Rape Kit Backlog

On June 14, over 5,000 men and women from around the globe gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues affecting women and girls. Organized by the White House, this Summit was an important moment that brought together a range of disciplines: from education and health to economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, and sexual violence.

Remarks of Mariska Hargitay on Investment to End the Rape Kit Backlog

Today, Joyful Heart Foundation Founder and President Mariska Hargitay was proud to stand beside Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance as they awarded nearly $80 million in funding for law enforcement agencies to address their backlogs of untested rape kits.

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.

Remarks of Mariska Hargitay on Manhattan DA's New Initiative to Help End the Rape Kit Backlog

The rape kit backlog sends two terrible messages: to victims, it says: you don't matter. What happened to you doesn't matter. And to criminals, it says: what you did doesn't matter. Testing the kits reverses those messages.

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.

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.

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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