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SAKI awarded the Orleans Parish District Attorney (DA) a grant totaling $1,009,485. The DA will use the funds to create a Vertical Prosecution Unit for SAKI cases and provide resources for investigation and prosecution of cold case sexual assaults, including (1) locating suspects and witnesses and (2) providing victim support and crime analysis.

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The New Orleans SAKI Multidisciplinary Team has created a great resource for survivors. See the brochure.

Orleans Parish (Louisiana) District Attorney's Office Grantee Site Representatives

News and Events

Eric Hill indicted for rape of Texas man beneath Treme overpass
Orleans Parish District Attorney, Feb 13, 2020
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 13) secured an indictment charging a New Orleans felon identified through DNA results with the rape of a Texas man beneath a Treme freeway overpass in May 2017.

Man charged with two New Orleans rapes reported 24 years apart
Nola.com, Dec 12, 2019
An Orleans Parish grand jury on Thursday charged a man with two rapes which were 24 years apart.

Andre Reddic indicted for rape, kidnapping of 11-year-old girl in September 2000
Orleans Parish District Attorney, Nov 7, 2019
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Nov. 7) secured the indictment of a man linked by DNA test results to the rape of an 11-year-old girl that occurred more than 19 years ago in the West Lake area of New Orleans East.

Serial rapist gets 35 years; women testify: 'You probably don't remember me, but I remember you'
Matt Sledge, Nola.com, Sep 23, 2019
A judge sentenced Alfred Berry to 35 years in prison based on DNA evidence.

Man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting stranger on Lower Garden District street
Staff, Uptown Messenger, Jul 2, 2019
Orleans Parish DA's office (SAKI site) reaches a plea bargain with an offender from a 2017 sexual assault.

Jorge Hernandez indicted for kidnapping, raping 3 New Orleans women
Orleans DA, Jun 27, 2019
DNA links suspect to three separate sexual assaults spanning from 2013-2019. He has been charged with three counts of kidnapping and three counts of first degree rape.

Louisiana man charged with abducting, raping Indiana tourist
Associated Press, Santa Rosa's Press Gazette, May 31, 2019
DNA evidence from a sexual assault in October 2018 was uploaded to CODIS and led authorities to arrest a suspect.

Man sentenced to 40 years for kidnapping, rape
Fox 8, Nov 20, 2018
DNA evidence found from a previously unsubmitted sexual assault kit from 2006 that was tested using SAKI funds, leds to a conviction.

Inside look at how New Orleans DA's Office unit uses DNA to crack years-old rape cases
Matt Sledge, The Advocate, Jul 18, 2018
The New Orleans District Attorney's Office has used SAKI funding to reopen old rape cases. So far, prosecutor's have used DNA to solve 17 crimes including a case from 1986.

DNA links La. inmate to 1988 New Orleans rape: DA
Heather Nolan, The Times-Picayune, Jul 12, 2018
A Louisiana man currently serving time for attempted rape has been linked via DNA to a 30-year-old rape case in New Orleans.

With $1 million grant and DNA, DA's office hopes to bring closure to long-unsolved rapes
Heather Nolan, The Times-Picayune, May 18, 2018
With funding from the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, the New Orleans SAKI Unit has indicted 11 cases, has another 57 cases currently open and is investigating hundreds of CODIS hits.

6 women were kidnapped and raped in New Orleans in the 1980s. The accused attacker was just charged
Emily Lane, The Times-Picayune, Mar 22, 2018
Through the work of the New Orleans Sexual Assault Kit Initiative unit, a man was indicted for the kidnapping and rape of six women from more than 30 years ago.

La. inmate indicted in 2 cold case rapes in New Orleans
Heather Nolan, The Times-Picayune, Mar 22, 2018
A man already serving time for a 2012 sexual assault conviction has been indicted by New Orleans District Attorney’s Office in two previously unsolved rape cases.

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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.

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