We (Intermountain Forensics, founded by the Utah Cold Case Coalition) are the only nonprofit forensic DNA lab in the U.S. We started in Utah, but will now be making available low-cost rape kit testing -- through a fully accredited lab with seasoned crime lab personnel -- throughout the U.S. This will double or triple the number of rape kits that can be tested within existing law enforcement budgets.
Every dollar donated will go 100% toward reducing the cost of rape kit testing. Except for lab employees and a part-time bookkeeper, all personnel - including our CEO and Board of Directors - work on a volunteer basis.
We are grateful to have received a $104,000 federal grant under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which went toward chemical reagents and part of our Lab Director's salary. We need additional funds, however, for more reagents and a robotic workstation from Qiagen that increases the efficiency of sexual assault kit processing.
Every $1 donation here will reduce the cost of rape kit testing by $1. Please help us help survivors by reducing the backlog.