Overview

The National Institute of Justice, the research and development arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington, DC. The symposium focused on how the nation is moving forward and finding solutions to the complex issues that arise in sexual assault cases and in testing sexual assault evidence.

This unprecedented event, which featured an array of stakeholders including medical staff, law enforcement, crime laboratories, victims’ advocates, and prosecution, highlighted current accomplishments and shared valuable experiences from jurisdictions throughout the country. The goal of the event was to support our nation’s policymakers and practitioners as they drive future efforts to solve sexual assault cases, provide justice to victims, and ultimately improve public health and public safety. 

Symposium Agenda

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Panel Archives

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Day 1 Opening Remarks
Panel 1 – Immediate Aftermath of Sexual Assault

Panel 2 – Victim-Centered Approaches to Sexual Assault First Response
Panel 3 – Investigating Sexual Assault – Lessons Learned and Promising Practices
Panel 4 – Legislative Reform – Addressing Sexual Assault across the Nation
Panel 5 – The Role of Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases
Day 1 Closing Remarks

Day 2 Opening Remarks
Panel 6 – An Unbelievable Story of Rape
Panel 7 – Testing Sexual Assault Evidence
Panel 8 – Building an Efficient Laboratory
Day 2 Guest Speaker

Panel 9 – Funding and Resources to Solve Sexual Assault Cases
Panel 10 – Using Multidisciplinary Collaboration to Improve Sexual Assault Response
Day 2 Closing Remarks
Video Screening and Discussion: Progress on Testing Sexual Assault Kits- An update from the Nevada Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Working Group

Keynote Speakers

Tina Tchen

Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady
The White House

Nancy Rodriguez

Director
National Institute of Justice

Howard Spivak

Deputy Director and Chief of Staff
National Institute of Justice

Gerald M. LaPorte

Director
Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences
National Institute of Justice

Bill Baer

Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General
US Department of Justice

Brian J. Moran

Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Commonwealth of Virginia

Anna Martinez

Senior Policy Advisor to Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason
Office of Justice Programs
US Department of Justice

Kym L. Worthy

Prosecutor
Wayne County, Michigan

T. Christian Miller

Senior Reporter
ProPublica
“An Unbelievable Story of Rape”

Ken Armstrong

Senior Reporter
The Marshall Project
“An Unbelievable Story of Rape”

Alicia O’Neill

TNT’s Cold Justice: Sex Crimes
Attorney
Chip Lewis Law