UNTESTED SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE KITS (SAEKs)
In 2015, a group of community leaders started working on the problem of New Mexico’s untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits (SAEKs). An initial inventory revealed 5578 untested SAEKs in New Mexico. In 2018, an executive order to clear the rape kit backlog of Albuquerque was signed.
As of 2021, the City of Albuquerque’s SAEK backlog has been cleared.
There is still much work to be done. We are dedicated to improving the training, policies and resources for testing SAEKs. We recognize that victims may still have questions, and are happy to connect you with the law enforcement agency that handled your case.
In 2020, as a response to Albuquerque's SAEK backlog and the nationwide backlog of untested rape kits, the New Mexico Statewide Evidence Kit Tracking System was created. The tracking system was made to empower victims of sexual assault, and give them access to the location of their rape kit during an investigation.
Law enforcement agencies, and our crime labs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, want to support victims. We are committed to seeking justice for survivors of sexual assault. Holding offenders accountable and ensuring a safer community for all New Mexicans is our ultimate goal.
Interpreter services are available if needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get more information about the SAEK backlog in Albuquerque?
Call the city of Albuquerque’s APD Backlog Advocacy: 1-505-924-6045. APD backlog advocacy also available. Or visit saek.dps.nm.gov/SAEK to learn about the current tracking system.
My rape happened years ago. What if I don’t remember my report number?
We can research the number on your behalf. The basic information we need is your name, date of birth, approximate date of service, and date/location of where the assault occurred.
What if I don't report to police? What happens to my SAEK then?
We won't force you to file a police report in order to receive a SAEK. Victims are still eligible to have forensic evidence collected, and any non-reported SAEKs will be held for approximately 2yrs, during which a victim can decide to file a police report.
Can I call you at ABQ SANE about my kit? What should I expect?
Yes, and confidentiality is important. For your safety, case related information will not be provided over the phone until your identity is confirmed by one of our trained staff members.
I was raped outside of Bernalillo County. What if I don't know who to contact?
Contact us and we can research the matter. We can help identify which law enforcement agency handled your case, provide contact information, and connect you to any additional resources needed.
What is my SAEK tracking number? How do I track it?
All patients receive information about the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Tracking System in their discharge paperwork. Your SAEK tracking number, along with directions on how to use it, is on the 2nd page of your discharge paperwork, found here.