Sending Office: Honorable Brendan F. Boyle
Sent By:
Helena.Mastrogianis@mail.house.gov

Support the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative in FY19

Help Law Enforcement Reduce the Rape Kit Backlog

**Programmatic Request**

Deadline: COB Today

Current signers:
Boyle, DeSaulnier, Hastings, Meehan,
Napolitano, Kuster, Rice, Holmes Norton, NcNerney, Cummings, Beyer, Raskin, Doggett,
Carter,
Scott, Costello,
Watson Coleman, Meeks, Davis, Lawrence, Lujan Grisham, Wasserman Schultz,
Comstock,
Diaz Barrag
án, Sinema, Cohen, Perlmutter, Clarke,
Barbara Lee

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in requesting continued support for the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative for Fiscal Year 2019 by sending the below letter to the House Commerce, Justice, Science
(CJS) and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.

Hundreds of thousands of rape kits sit untested in police department and crime lab storage facilities across the country in what is known as the rape kit backlog. Each kit represents
a lost opportunity to bring healing and justice to a survivor of sexual violence and safety to a community. Developed and launched in 2015, the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), provides funding
through a competitive grant program to support the comprehensive reform of law enforcement’s approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in rape and sexual assault kits that have never been submitted to a crime laboratory.

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to complement other proven federal programming that targets the rape kit backlog and the creation of a coordinated community response that ensures
just resolution to these cases whenever possible through a victim-centered approach. The Initiative also builds law enforcement’s capacity to prevent the development of conditions that lead to high numbers of unsubmitted sexual assault kits and backlogs in
the future. Further investment is critical to eliminating the rape kit backlog that plagues law enforcement and sexual assault victims nationwide.

In FY2016 and FY2017, Congress appropriated $45 million for the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. The House-passed FY2018 CJS appropriations bill would provide $49 million for the program
while the Senate Committee-reported bill includes $45 million for the program. This letter seeks FY2019 funding of no less than the House-passed FY2018 level of $49 million.

To sign on, please contact
Helena.Mastrogianis@mail.house.gov by COB Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

Sincerely,

BRENDAN F. BOYLE

Member of Congress 

Letter Text

Dear Chairman Culberson and Ranking Member Serrano:

As the Committee begins writing the Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we thank you for your past support for the Department of
Justice’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative and respectfully request that for FY2019 the Committee fund this program at no less than the House-passed FY2018 level of $49 million.

Hundreds of thousands of rape kits sit untested in police department and crime lab storage facilities across the country in what is known as the rape kit backlog. Each kit represents
a lost opportunity to bring healing and justice to a survivor of sexual violence and safety to a community. Developed and launched in 2015, the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), provides funding
through a competitive grant program to support the comprehensive reform of law enforcement’s approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in rape and sexual assault kits that have never been submitted to a crime laboratory.

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative aims to complement other proven federal programming that targets the rape kit backlog and the creation of a coordinated community response that ensures
just resolution to these cases whenever possible through a victim-centered approach. The Initiative also builds law enforcement’s capacity to prevent the development of conditions that lead to high numbers of unsubmitted sexual assault kits and backlogs in
the future. Further investment is critical to eliminating the rape kit backlog that plagues law enforcement and sexual assault victims nationwide.

In FY2016 and FY2017, Congress appropriated $45 million for the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. The House-passed FY2018 CJS appropriations bill would provide $49 million for the program
while the Senate Committee-reported bill includes $45 million for the program. This letter seeks FY2019 funding of no less than the House-passed FY2018 level of $49 million.

Sincerely,

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