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DNA Resource Center Training Opportunities

Untested Rape Kits: the Issue, the Impact, and the Response

June 25, 2014 1:00 PM - June 25, 2014 2:30 PM

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The Rape Kit Action Project is pleased to announce a new and exciting FREE training opportunity.  Join us for this webinar and learn about our nation’s untested sexual assault kit problem, the impact on victims’ lives, how it differs from the “rape kit backlog,” and innovative federal and state policy initiatives underway to address the issue.   

Who Should Attend:

Advocates, detectives, prosecutors, state legislators and staff, and other professionals involved in work to address untested rape kits.

Topics Covered:

Attendees will hear first-hand from survivor Natasha Alexenko, founder of Natasha's Justice Project, about the human impact of this work. Speakers will present information that will help the audience develop an understanding of the scope of the problem, commonly used terminology and definitions, federal funding available to support law enforcement and other officials working to address local backlogs, process evidence, and ensure perpetrators of held accountable.  



Natasha Alexenko, founder of Natasha’s Justice Project

Ilse Knecht, Deputy Director of Public Policy, National Center for Victims of Crime


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What people are saying . . . 

"I spent 10 years as a law enforcement legal instructor at a police academy and this presentation...would be invaluable to any law enforcement officer."

"I was extremely impressed with the level of expertise of the guest speakers. Each session was well presented, and it was an extreme pleasure to attend."

"I will be a better prosecutor because of this training and my additional understanding of DNA."

Some of the resources in the DNA Resource Center were developed with funding under cooperative agreements 2009-SZ-B9-K010, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and 2011-TA-AX-K048, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Some of the resources in the DNA Resource Center were also developed with funding from our partner, Life Technologies.