FBI This Week: Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

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. To date we’ve had over 170 CODIS hits from
the thousand cases that we worked. Amazing success rate. The FBI laboratory is testing, for free, an
unprecedented 30 SAKs a week. So the goal is that we can tell the community
this is how we were able to handle a massive amount of sexual assault kits in the most
efficient way possible. The FBI expects to test an additional 6,000
SAKs and help solve more than 1,000 cases under this initiative. To submit SAKs for
testing send an e-mail to [email protected]usdoj.gov. I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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