FBI, This Week: The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative


April 14, 2016

A milestone is achieved in the FBI and National Institute of Justice initiative to reduce the number of untested sexual assault kits from across the country.


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Mollie Halpern: A milestone is achieved in the FBI and National Institute of Justice initiative to reduce the number of untested sexual assault kits from across the country.

Biologists at the FBI Laboratory have extracted DNA profiles of suspected perpetrators from more than 1,000 sexual assault kits, or SAKs.

Those unknown DNA profiles were entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, to see if they matched DNA of an arrested or convicted offender.

Section Chief Tina Delgado says matches—also called hits—help law enforcement develop additional investigative leads.

Tina Delgado: To date, we’ve had over 170 CODIS hits from the 1,000 cases that we worked. Amazing success rate.

Halpern: The FBI Laboratory is testing, for free, an unprecedented 30 SAKs a week.

Delgado: So, part of our goal is to...be able to tell the community, based on the massive amounts of work that we’re doing, here’s what worked the best, here's what what worked the fastest, here's how we were able to move these cases through our laboratory system so quickly.

Halpern: The FBI expects to test an additional 6,000 sexual assault kits and help solve more than 1,000 cases under this initiative. To submit SAKs for testing, send an e-mail to SAKPartnership@usdoj.gov. I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau with FBI, This Week.

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