Chicago Receives $1M Federal Grant to Improve Sexual Assault Kit Testing

October 20, 2020

The city of Chicago this week will receive a $1 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to aid in the testing and tracking of sexual assault kits, many of which have been held up in a statewide backlog that dates back decades.

The grant, announced Monday, comes from the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), which helps support the investigation, prosecution, and victim advocacy involved with a comprehensive approach to addressing unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

“These significant federal funds will help the city of Chicago efficiently process sexual assault evidence and establish DNA profiles,” John Lausch, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, said in a statement. “This is critically important work and effective in reducing violent crime.”

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