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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.

EndTheBacklogJune 16, 2017

Testimony of Mariska Hargitay in U.S. Congress on National Rape Kit Reform

Joyful Heart Foundation Founder and President Mariska Hargitay testified on Capitol Hill June 16, 2017 before the new Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence about the national rape kit backlog.

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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 BACKLOGFebruary 9, 2016

Joyful Heart Foundation Welcomes President Obama's Inclusion of $41 Million for Rape Kit Reform in Budget Request

The Joyful Heart Foundation expressed its gratitude to President Obama for including $41 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Justice’s community-based sexual assault response initiative in the budget proposal released today.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 18, 2015

ENDTHEBACKLOG News: December/January

This month, we celebrate the inclusion of $45M in the FY16 Federal Spending Bill, announce the expansion of The Accountability Project, spotlight four cities who are working to address the rape kit backlog, and take a look at DOJ's work to prevent gender bias.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGDecember 11, 2015

$45 Million for Rape Kit Reform Signed into Law

$45 million in funding for the U.S. Department of Justice’s community-based sexual assault response initiative in the FY16 omnibus bill was signed into law on Friday, December 18.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJune 11, 2015

U.S. Senate Committee Approves $41 Million for Rape Kit Reform

Joyful Heart praised the Senate Committee on Appropriations' inclusion of $41 million in funding for the Justice Department' sexual assault response initiative in their FY16 funding bill.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGJune 3, 2015

House Approves $45 Million for Rape Kit Reform

The Joyful Heart Foundation expressed its gratitude to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives who included $45 million to address the nation’s rape kit backlog in the FY16 spending bill, which passed today.

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THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 13, 2015

House of Representatives Committee Includes Full Funding for Rape Kit Reform

The Joyful Heart Foundation today praised the House Committee on Appropriations’ inclusion of $41 million in funding for the Justice Department’s community-based sexual assault response initiative in their FY16 Commerce, Justice and Science funding bill.

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