LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- Los Angeles County officials say a shortage of funds has prompted them to suspend a program intended to analyze DNA evidence in thousands of sexual assaults.
Sheriff's Department officials said they expect to be able to revive the testing program for at least a while with federal grant funds anticipated in July and additional funds this fall but for now the department has stopped sending DNA evidence to private crime laboratories, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action) unites the work of 12 UN entities to prevent all forms of gender based violence (GBV), including sexual violence in conflict. It is a concerted effort by the UN to improve coordination and accountability, amplify programming and advocacy, and support national efforts to prevent sexual violence and respond effectively to the needs of survivors.
UN ACTION HAS THREE MAIN PILLARS:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued the ninth annual Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report today. The report outlined major forms of human trafficking including forced labor, bonded labor, debt bondage among migrant laborers, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor, child soldiers, sex trafficking, and child sex trafficking and related abuses.
A woman submitted to a rape kit exam in July 2008 at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital after a husky stranger allegedly dragged her to the ground and sexually assaulted her, biting her on the neck and ears, according to police reports.
Nearly one year later, the kit with its potential DNA evidence sits in storage at the Downers Grove Police Department after the agency chose not to have it tested.
Today, in a hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, a panel of expert witnesses testified to the necessity of reauthorizing the “Violence Against Women Act”, a law passed by Congress in 1994, and reauthorized in 2000 and 2005. The panelists argued that reauthorization is necessary to improve services offered to victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse, and to strengthen the ability of law-enforcement officials to combat crime.
The Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, and the Executive Director of UNIFEM, Mrs. Ines Alberdi, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to join efforts to make cities and towns free from violence against women and girls.
Scott Roeder, who allegedly fatally shot George Tiller, MD on Sunday, was formally charged with first degree murder yesterday. Roeder also faces two counts of aggravated assault for threatening two people who attempted to intervene Sunday, according to the Associated Press. Roeder is being held without bond and a protective order has been issued barring him from any contact with Tiller's family.
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