To end the backlog of untested rape kits in the United States and ensure that it never recurs, state and federal rape kit policies must change. Progress on rape kit reform is happening. Be a part of it.
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Urge your state legislators to make rape kit reform a priority this legislative season
A survivor's access to justice and healing should not depend on their ZIP code. While progress is happening, there is no state that meets the "gold standard" of rape kit reform. State lawmakers are forming their legislative priorities right now. Urge yours to make rape kit reform one of them.
Thank Congress for critical funding
In the past two years, Congress has dedicated more than $40 million/year for a new grant program to address the backlog of untested rape kits. This initiative is now providing local communities the much-needed resources to analyze untested kits in their police storage facilities, create multi-disciplinary teams to investigate and prosecute cases connected to the backlog, and address the need for victim notification and re-engagement with the criminal justice system.
Please join us in thanking your members of Congress for renewing their commitment to eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits across the country by providing funds in Fiscal Year 2016 to allow even more jurisdictions to address their rape kit backlogs, apprehend perpetrators, and bring an opportunity for justice to survivors. In December 2015, congressional leaders introduced a spending bill that provides $45 million for this program within the Department of Justice, which includes an additional $4 million thanks to an amendment by Representatives Steve Cohen and Carolyn Maloney. The bill was signed into law by President Obama in December 2015.
Write your Governor
Your governor is a powerful advocate for reform. Urge him or her to ensure your state is doing all it can.