Rape Crisis Center of The Coastal Empire Welcomes Amy Hutsell of The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Sexual Assault Kits in Georgia: Past, Present and Future

The Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire welcomes Amy Hutsell of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to present: Sexual Assault Kits in Georgia: Past, Present and Future.

This presentation will define sexual assault kits and the sexual assault kit backlog (“SAK Backlog”) and identify its contributing factors, to educate and inform participants and prevent future backlogs. Amy Hutsell will discuss the national and state landscape of sexual assault kit reform and the current and future state of the SAK Backlog. Best practices in victim notification and collaborative community response will be described. And, lessons learned from the national and state backlog projects will be discussed.

 The event will be held at The Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, on Wednesday, December 6th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Amy Hutsell is the Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Unit Supervisor with Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. At CJCC, she oversees the state Sexual Assault Response Team project.  The SART project provides technical assistance and best practices training to Georgia’s 49 judicial circuits. She chairs the State SART Expert Committee, which provides guidance in the development of resources, such as sexual assault guidelines, model protocols and a SART website.  She trains local and college Sexual Assault Response Teams including law enforcement, sexual assault nurse examiners, prosecutors and advocates on best practices in victim centered and trauma informed response to sexual assaults. She provides protocol development training and workshops for Sexual Assault Protocol committees throughout Georgia.  She also oversees the state Sexual Assault Kit project which addresses the state sexual assault kit backlog. She chairs the state Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Workgroup that is working on a statewide SAK tracking system. She also oversees the Metro Atlanta Sexual Assault Cold Case Task Force project, which provides investigators, prosecutors and advocates to metro Atlanta agencies with cases that have resulted from backlogged SAK testing. She oversees the management of all state and federal grants providing direct service funding to sexual assault centers in Georgia.

Amy has over 10 years’ experience in sexual assault and child sexual abuse services. Previously, she was the Assistant Director of the Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center, where supervised the agency’s team of advocates, forensic nurses, counselors, legal advocates and volunteers and worked collaboratively with law enforcement and prosecutors in sexual assault cases in Gwinnett County. She has served on the Children’s Advocacy Center of Georgia’s Membership and Standards Committee as a site reviewer.  And, she has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

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