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Across the country, the rape kit backlog is making headlines. Journalists are uncovering backlogs, jurisdictions are implementing reforms to track and test rape kits and citizens are taking action. In the Media Center, you'll find the latest information about the backlog, including: commentary from the END THE BACKLOG staff and backlog reformers, first-person testimonials from those impacted by the backlog, an archive of news articles, op-eds, investigative reports, legislation and government publications we've identified, and more.

EndTheBacklogAugust 28, 2017

Federal Government Boosts Rape Kit Reform Efforts

The movement to end the untested rape kit backlog got a significant boost from the federal government this month when it issued the first-ever national guidelines for handling rape kits.

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END THE BACKLOGSeptember 26, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Applauds $38 Million Awarded to Support Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform

The federal government announces more than $38 million in grants to support community-based rape kit reform efforts.

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END THE BACKLOGAugust 18, 2016

U.S. DOJ Finds Baltimore Police Failed Sexual Assault Survivors

In a report released this month, the U.S. Department of Justice criticized the Baltimore Police Department for violating the constitutional and legal rights of Baltimore residents.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGOctober 7, 2015

ENDTHEBACKLOG News: October 2015

This month, we celebrated the U.S. Department of Justice and Manhattan District Attorney's announcement of nearly $80M in funding to address untested rape kits, verified the number of untested kits in Indianapolis through the Accountability Project and looked at the results from Kentucky's statewide audit of untested sexual assault evidence.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMarch 10, 2015

Department of Justice Releases Solicitations for New Rape Kit Reform Initiative

Today, the Joyful Heart Foundation welcomed the U.S. Department of Justice's release of two solicitations for funding to address the growing backlog of sexual assault kits at law enforcement agencies.

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