Micro-Webinar: BJA FY2020 Funding Opportunities - "Competitive" Forensic Science Grant Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance, May 6, 2020
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and RTI International, hosted a micro-webinar on Tuesday, May 5th to discuss available Fiscal Year 2020 competitive forensic science funding opportunities. These solicitations/grant programs will provide states and localities with various resource tools to improve the quality of their forensic science services to meet the challenges of crime and justice and improve overall public safety. Discussed solicitations included the following: (1) Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, (2) Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence, (3) Prosecuting Cold Cases Using DNA, (4) Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence - Inventory, Tracking and Reporting (SAFE-ITR) Program, and (5) Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program.
DOJ official: Fayetteville PD shows how to tackle sexual assault crimes
Katie Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs, Apr 11, 2020
Katie Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs, provided insight into the progress the Fayetteville SAKI program has made since 2015 in ensuring justice for victims of sexual assault.
AG FERGUSON LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO TRACK THE PROGRESS OF RAPE KIT TESTING
Washington State Attorney General's Office, Apr 6, 2020
The Attorney General’s Office today launched a website to keep the public up to date and provide comprehensive information about Washington’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) program, part of a statewide initiative to end Washington’s rape kit backlog.
SAKI is enhancing the criminal justice response to sexual assault and ensuring justice for victims. SAKI funding will not only help link victims to advocates and needed services, but also help jurisdictions implement best practices and comprehensive reform to help bring perpetrators to justice and increase safety in communities by preventing future sexual assaults.
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.