SAKI awarded the State of Minnesota a $2,000,000 grant in fiscal year 2018 to collect and test all unsubmitted sexual assault kits identified in a 2015 survey. Minnesota's grant partner, Anoka County Sheriff's Office, will conduct investigations for Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) "hit" cases and will provide victim advocacy services for those cases. Additionally, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA), another grant partner, will develop protocols related to investigation, victim advocacy, and prosecution; MNCASA will also identify and coordinate discipline-specific needs and training.
The State of Minnesota received $2 million in SAKI funds in 2019 to continue the work they have been doing for years. With this funding, they plan on continuing a comprehensive testing and data collection process for all unsubmitted sexual assault kits identified in the 2015 inventory to assist with development of policy and protocols for future triaging, testing, and investigation. In addition, they plan to extend current victim advocacy services in sexual assault investigations prompted by identified profiles in Anoka County cases through the SAK testing process.
State Awarded Grant to Examine Untested Rape Kits
Jennifer Mayerle, WCCO 4 CBS Minnesota, Dec 26, 2018
Minnesota has been awarded an additional $2 million SAKI grant to help test more than 3,000 previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits in 2019.
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.