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Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Backlog Summer Webinar Series

Forensic laboratories are often overwhelmed by the volume of sexual assault evidence kits (SAEKs) they receive for processing. This 4-part webinar series, presented jointly by Promega and Bode Technology, addresses legislative issues and workflow efficiencies for SAEK processing in the US. The expert speakers will answer audience questions in a live session after the main presentation.

In this series, you will learn about:

  • SAEK testing and managing CODIS hits
  • Managing an increased workload from SAEK legislation
  • Workflow changes to speed processing and analysis
  • Future efforts to prevent case backlogs

Part 1
Anatomy of Sex Crimes: Investigations of Untested Rape Kits

In this first webinar, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD) discusses how they worked to process many of these cases under a SAKI grant. They developed partnerships with vendor laboratories and a CODIS laboratory to support this important effort. Representatives from both the FLPD and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s office explore the challenges they faced and share key successes for the program.

Presenters
Hector Martinez, Sergeant, Fort Lauderdale Police Department
Tara Sessa, MS, CODIS Administrator | Forensic Biology Unit, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Crime Laboratory

Dates: 
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 10am CDT / 11am EDT / 4pm London / 5pm Amsterdam-Paris
Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 12pm Singapore / 2pm Sydney / 1pm Seoul / 9:30am New Delhi

Part 2
Effectively Managing the Workload from Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Legislation

In this second webinar, you will learn how legislative mandates impact the SAEK processing workload, and how to develop workflow improvements that address these challenges.

Presenters
Krista Zaruba, DNA Technical Lead Forensic Scientist, Washington State Patrol Vancouver Crime Lab
Michelle Madrid, Senior Criminalist, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Dates: 
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 10am CDT / 11am EDT / 4pm London / 5pm Amsterdam-Paris
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 12pm Singapore / 2pm Sydney / 1pm Seoul / 9:30am New Delhi

Part 3
Embracing the Challenge of Sexual Assault Kit Testing

In this third webinar, you will learn some of the hurdles faced in the San Diego County District Attorney’s efforts to ensure that every SAEK was tested. The presenter will discuss their DNA testing plan and the multi-agency collaboration that has made it a success.

Presenter
Melissa Diaz, Deputy District Attorney, Chief of Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

Dates: 
Wednesday, August 11 2021 at 10am CDT / 11am EDT / 4pm London / 5pm Amsterdam-Paris
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 12pm Singapore / 2pm Sydney / 1pm Seoul / 9:30am New Delhi

Part 4
Wisconsin’s Effort to Process 6,800+ Backlogged Sexual Assault Kits

In this forth webinar, you will learn how the Wisconsin Department of Justice processed their SAEK backlog and developed efforts to prevent a future backlog, including a statewide SAEK tracking system.

Presenters
Josh Kaul, Attorney General, State of Wisconsin
Nikki Roehm, Administrator of the Division of Forensic Sciences, Wisconsin DOJ Wisconsin State Crime Laboratories (WSCL)

Dates: 
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 10am CDT / 11am EDT / 4pm London / 5pm Amsterdam-Paris
Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 12pm Singapore / 2pm Sydney / 1pm Seoul / 9:30am New Delhi

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