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The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Board of Directors unanimously voted to honor the Manhattan County District Attorney’s (DA’s) Office with the AAFS Ambassador of Forensic Science Award. This award is intended to acknowledge an individual or a group that has advanced the recognition of forensic science in the pursuit of justice through public service or journalistic or humanitarian efforts. Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo accepted the award during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting in Anaheim, CA, on February 19, 2020. The DA’s office was recognized for its “Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program” that focused on clearing the enormous backlog of rape kits in New York City. Below are the highlights from the results of the program to date:
- 55,205 kits submitted for testing
- 22,494 DNA profiles uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)
- 11,384 CODIS hits
- 251 arrests
- 271 felony prosecutions commenced
- 105 convictions
- 1 murder conviction
- 25 out of 32 jurisdictions that participated in the program eliminated their backlogs
- Since 2015, at least eight states funded through the program have eliminated, or are close to eliminating, their backlogs. They are: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, and Utah.
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