BJA: National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative in the US
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding to address the issue and impact of unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs) at law enforcement agencies.
Funding under this initiative is intended to help law enforcement and prosecutors address challenges associated with unsubmitted SAKs in order to reduce the number of unsubmitted SAKs in their jurisdictions. This will give them the evidence and tools to solve and reduce violent crimes associated with sexual assault, while achieving the long- term goal of improving the criminal justice response to sexual assault.
Comprehensive Approach to Sexual Assault Kits
SAKI for Small Agencies (including rural and tribal agencies)
Expansion of DNA Databases to Assist with Sexual Assault Investigations and Prosecutions: Collection of Lawfully Owed DNA from Convicted Offenders and Arrestee DNA Collections
Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults
Developing and Implementing a Sustainability Plan
Estimated Total Program Funding: $55,000,000
Award Ceiling: $2,500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 32
The following entities are eligible to apply for Purpose Areas 1, 3, and 4:
State law enforcement agencies
Units of local government
Federally recognized tribal Indian governments
Governmental nonlaw enforcement agencies acting as their fiscal agents
The following entities are eligible to apply for Purpose Area 2: Small law enforcement agencies or consortia of small law enforcement agencies
The following entities are eligible to apply for Purpose Area 5: Existing and/or previous SAKI grantees that have addressed their unsubmitted kits and have clearly demonstrated they have also addressed the downstream case activities under SAKI (investigation, prosecution) for at least 75 percent of their cases.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339132