SAKI awarded Hawaii's Department of the Attorney General a grant in the amount of $2 million, which it will use to test SAKs, assist with victim notification and services, and continue the multidisciplinary community response team that is currently engaged in reforming SAK management, tracking, and testing.
Funded in 2016, the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General has successfully launched a media campaign to highlight the work they are doing as part of their SAKI program. These efforts include public facing website (July 2017) and a PSA (August 2017).
Learn more about Hawaii's efforts at: http://ag.hawaii.gov/hisaki/
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To learn more about their progress, read below for other news and events out of Hawaii Department of the Attorney General.
Man sentenced to jail, probation for 2016 sex assault
West Hawaii Today, Aug 28, 2020
A 55-year-old Mountain View resident was sentenced to 18 months in jail and five years probation in connection with a sex assault that occurred in 2016. “This case serves as an example of the value of the SAKI project. Sniffen committed his offense when the victim was unconscious and unable to describe what happened or who the perpetrator was. The SAKI project developed evidence to identify Sniffen as the perpetrator. The plea agreement was the result of victim-centered, trauma-informed, multidisciplinary team effort in a case that likely would not have been prosecuted in years past,” the press release reads.
Two men are charged in separate sexual assaults after the testing of rape kits
Sophie Cockie, Star Advertiser, Jan 1, 2020
Two men have been charged with sexual assault on Hawaii island following a statewide effort to test hundreds of rape kits that for years sat unprocessed in county storage facilities.
County ready to prosecute old rape cases
Hawaii Tribune Herald, Nancy Cook Lauer, Dec 3, 2019
Hawaii Island’s decade-long backlog of rape test kits have all been processed, and now it’s time to move onto the next step — investigating and prosecuting the cases. Of the 189 test kits submitted for analysis, 47 had DNA profiles loaded to CODIS, the federal Combined DNA Index System database. Of those, 11 resulted in hits against known suspects, according to the state Department of the Attorney General.
HPD clears backlog of untested sexual assault kits
Rick Daysog, Hawaii News Now, Dec 5, 2018
Honolulu PD has sent all previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits for testing and have found DNA matches for hundreds of cases.
Backlogged rape test kits produce several possible leads
Associated Press, Belleville News-Democrat, Nov 6, 2018
Law enforcement in Hawaii have tested more than 1,500 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits that have led to 120 DNA matches in national offender databases, 19 of which matched DNA taken from a separate crime scene and repeat offenders.
County completes rape kit testing back to ’99
Lila Fujimoto, mauinews.com, May 13, 2018
Maui County has completed testing on more than 100 sexual assault kits dating back to 1999. So far, testing has resulted in 13 hits in the national DNA database.
AG: Progress Made in Hawai‘i Sex Assault Kit Backlog
mauinow.com, May 4, 2018
Hawaii’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative multidisciplinary team has completed the submission of 1,513 previously untested SAKs for DNA testing.
State makes progress on backlog of untested sex assault kits
Terri Inefuku, khon2.com, Oct 5, 2017
Between July and September of 2017, Hawaii submitted 614 previously untested sexual assault kits (SAKs) for testing, up 72 SAKs from the previous quarter.
PSA Reminds Sexual Assault Survivors They are not Alone
Big Island Now Staff, Big Island Now.com, Aug 13, 2017
A new Public Service Announcement (PSA) video under Project Malama Kakou aims to reach sexual assault survivors who may feel isolated, sharing caring and victim-centered support and information services. The PSA is located at ag.hawaii.gov/hisaki. To learn more, visit the link and read the full article.
New website designed to support sex assault victims, keep tabs on kit testing
khon2, Jun 23, 2017
Hawaii has launched a new website that offers resources and support for victims of sexual assault, including information on how to track a kit as it goes through testing for DNA evidence. The website also includes a description of Project Malama Kakou, a list of Sexual Assault Kit Initiative team members, frequently asked questions, information on survivor notification and services, and a dashboard reflecting the number of kits submitted for testing. To learn more, read the full article.
Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Report Released
Big Island Now News of Hawaii, Dec 2, 2016
The Attorney General of Hawaii recently released a report of inventoried, untested sexual assault kits, and a plan to test them. The report outlines untested SAKs within each county and details testing capacity, plans for public outreach, and recommendations for legislative action. Additionally, a working group has established the Malama Kakou Project, a state plan to test untested and new SAKs, identify the criteria for testing and order, provide active public outreach and notification, and establish a SAK tracking system.
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to create a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to sexual assault cases. Through this program, funding is provided to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.