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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 ENDTHEBACKLOG 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.

THE BACKLOG BLOGMay 20, 2015

Statements for the Senate Judiciary Hearing, "Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights"

Sarah Haacke Byrd is testifying before the hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, “Taking Sexual Assault Seriously: The Rape Kit Backlog and Human Rights.” Her testimony, here.

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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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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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ENDTHEBACKLOGNovember 14, 2014

A Watershed Moment to End the Backlog

This week, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced $35 million in funding for jurisdictions to test backlogged rape kits—the single largest financial contribution toward ending the rape kit backlog.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGNovember 12, 2014

Remarks of Mariska Hargitay on Manhattan DA's New Initiative to Help End the Rape Kit Backlog

The rape kit backlog sends two terrible messages: to victims, it says: you don't matter. What happened to you doesn't matter. And to criminals, it says: what you did doesn't matter. Testing the kits reverses those messages.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGSeptember 19, 2014

Senate Recesses Without Funding Rape Kit Reform

Politics in the U.S. Congress have stalled new, critical funding to address the nation’s rape kit backlog.

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ENDTHEBACKLOGAugust 21, 2014

Joyful Heart Foundation Applauds NIJ/FBI Partnership to Address Rape Kit Backlog; Urges Senate to Approve Critical Funding

This new partnership will give local and state jurisdictions the opportunity to submit untested kits to the federal government for testing. The FBI will serve as a “centralized testing laboratory” for those kits and will upload resulting DNA profiles into the national DNA database. NIJ will gather information from the program to inform rape kit collection and testing processes nationwide.

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