The Hawaii County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney received $769,895 in SAKI funding in 2019. This funding will be used to expand upon the work that began with the statewide Hawaii Sexual Assault Response Team (HSART). This team also received SAKI funding in 2016 through the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General. Hawaii County will use this new funding to further investigate and prosecute sexual assault kits that were tested under the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General's SAKI award, provide training to prosecutors and law enforcement, and develop a local SAKI taskforce. They also plan to assign a victim counselor to every SAKI case. This person will be responsible for answering victimsâ€™ questions and will assist victims in obtaining needed services.
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.