MCDA and Partners Awarded Grant to Test Sexual Assault Kits

Rod Underhill and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau, Lane County District Attorney Patricia Perlow, the Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, and Fairview Police Department, is extremely proud to announce that the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has received two million dollars in grant funding for the purpose of conducting DNA analysis on untested sexual assault kits.
The grant award was announced on September 10, 2015, by the New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance. District Attorney Vance’s office has made available up to $38 million dollars nationwide as part of its sexual assault kit backlog elimination program.
Backlogged or untested kits are defined as those that have not been analyzed by a forensic lab within 365 days of being booked into evidence. Kits in which the identity of the offender is known, where the statute of limitations has lapsed, or the offender has already been convicted are included in this broad definition.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and our partners are committed to ending the backlog of untested kits. The application for the two million dollar grant award was submitted earlier this year. Significant planning among the partners has already taken place to begin the process of DNA testing to eliminate the backlog.