Debbie Tanaka
VAWA Grants Administrator

Sexual Assault Kit Initiatives (SAKI)

    2015 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) - Grant Award $1,983,533 - Project Period: 10/01/15 through 09/30/18

    The state of Nevada, via the Nevada Office of the Attorney General, was initially awarded a Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance in 2015 in the amount of $1,983,533 to inventory and test backlogged sexual assault kits, arrange victim services for the necessary notifications and psychological needs for those victims and to investigate the results of any Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) hits from those tested kits. The project focuses on the geographical and jurisdictional area covered by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Crime Lab and includes the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, who self-selected to be included in this project. The goal of this project is to effectively resolve the issue of untested sexual assault kits and build partnerships to assure that a backlog of untested kits does not develop again in the future.

      2016 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) - Grant Award $1,962,414 - Project Period: 10/01/16 through 09/30/19

      The goal of the 2016 SAKI grant is to resolve the statewide issue of untested sexual assault kits, increase investigation and prosecution resources throughout the state to resolve CODIS hits, provide a statewide assessment of current policies and practices across the spectrum of response to sexual assault and its victims, develop supportive victim-centered, trauma-informed responses to sexual assault, and provide systemic training and assistance to implement these responses into effective community partnerships, policies and practices to ensure that backlogs of untested kits do not develop throughout the state in the future.

        2017 Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) - Grant Award $933,656 - Project Period: 10/01/17 through 09/30/20

        The 2017 SAKI grant will work in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Corrections on this Nevada Inmate Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) project which would enable the appropriate authorities to plan and coordinate DNA collections of lawfully owed DNA samples, testing of these samples, and CODIS uploads of DNA profiles for the purpose of resolving cold sexual assault cases associated with previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.


          2017 - FFY Prescription Drug Education and Awareness Program

              2017 - FFY Healthy Lifestyles Initiative Program

                  2017 STOP/SASP “Violence Against Women” Grant Programs

                      2017 STOP and SASP Post Award Teleconference

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