Backlog Elimination Projects

NJP spokesperson Natasha Alexenko with Oakland Chief of Police Howard Jordan and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley

NJP spokesperson Natasha Alexenko with Oakland Chief of Police Howard Jordan and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley

NJP & Alameda County, California team up to end the backlog

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Natasha’s Justice Project (NJP) and the Alameda County District Attorney’s office announced a partnership to resolve the rape kit backlog in that jurisdiction, focusing on testing ALL rape kits and not just those where the identity of the perpetrator is unknown.

The Alameda County DA’s office will coordinate testing of all the kits with a private lab, which will then be peer-reviewed before being uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) national database.

The Alameda County DA’s office will coordinate testing of all the kits with a private lab, which will then be peer-reviewed before being uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) national database.

NJP is seeking donations specifically to fund the rape kit backlog elimination project in Alameda County.  NJP’s efforts are ongoing in securing the funds needed to test each and every backlogged kit.

Backlogged rape kits in property storage

Backlogged rape kits in property storage

Backlog Elimination Grants Project

NJP’s Backlog Elimination Grants Project is the most significant private sector effort to date to contribute to solving this nationwide problem of unprocessed rape kits.  By completely eliminating the backlog in a specific jurisdiction, we gain understanding of approaches that will help other jurisdictions. The pilot project is designed to have a significant impact on the methodology of the rape kit backlog elimination throughout the rest of the country. The primary objectives of the pilot project are to:

* Establish the project as the go-to source for other municipalities who would like to eliminate their backlog

* Help with ongoing investigations

* Identify serial rapists and criminals

In November 2012 NJP publicly released a Request for Proposal for its Backlog Elimination Project.  All interested jurisdictions submitted completed applications on February 28, 2013.  The Pilot Project Committee is now reviewing all submissions and will announce the grant recipient in the upcoming months.