October 5, 2017 Press Release: (link to full press release included)
“WASHINGTON –The Department of Justice today announced awards totaling nearly $37 million to help state, local and tribal government agencies improve the response to sexual assault and victim services, and analyze unsubmitted sexual assault kits in law enforcement custody. The grants will aid jurisdictions in reducing backlogs of sexual assault evidence and solving crimes of sexual violence.”
There is no greater injustice to a victim of sexual assault than a failure on the part of the system to exhaust its investigative possibilities, said Alan Hanson, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. These awards will supply badly needed resources and manpower to our nation’s law enforcement agencies and prosecutors helping investigators and analysts do the urgent work of closing out cases and bringing answers to survivors.