Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits (SAEK)

In 2015, a group of city and state agencies and community leaders started working on the problem of New Mexico’s untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits (SAEKs). An initial inventory revealed 5410 untested SAEKs in New Mexico. In 2018, an executive order to clear the rape kit backlog of Albuquerque was signed.

 

As of 2020, the Albuquerque Police Department’s SAEK backlog has been cleared.

 

While there is still much work to be done, we are dedicated to improving the training, policies and resources for testing SAEKs so that this issue is not repeated. We also recognize that victims may still have questions.

Law enforcement agencies and our crime labs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are committed to assisting survivors of sexual assault. We are committed to seeking justice for survivors, holding offenders accountable for their crimes, and ensuring a safer community for all of us who live in New Mexico. We are happy to help connect you with the law enforcement agency that handled your case.

Interpreter services are available if needed.


Visit saek.dps.nm.gov/SAEK to find out more about the SAEK Tracking System, or call the city of Albuquerque’s APD Backlog Advocacy: 1-505-924-6045.


Frequently Asked Questions

 

I still have questions about my SAEK. Can I call you at ABQ SANE? What can I expect from the phone call?

Yes, and confidentiality is important. For your safety, case related information will NOT be provided over the phone at your initial call. Rather, we will ask for your name, the date of your visit with us, the case number from your police report if you know it, and the best way to contact you with case-specific information. One of our trained staff members will then confirm your identity over the phone, and follow-up with you to discuss specifics.

My rape happened years ago. What if I don’t remember my case number?

We can research the case number on your behalf. The basic information we need is your full name, date of birth, approximate date of receiving a medical/forensic exam, and date/location of where the assault occurred.

I was raped in a different county. What if I’m not sure which law enforcement agency handled my case?

Contact us and we will research the matter. We can help identify which law enforcement agency handled your case, provide contact information throughout New Mexico, and connect you to any additional resources that will aid you.


The Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Tracking System is a collaboration between sexual assault survivors and partners that include, but are not limited to, the organizations below: