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The Joyful Heart Foundation’s End the Backlog Initiative

Hampton Luzak

Hampton Luzak is a creative professional who holds a degree from Hollins University in Virginia. An expert in southern antiques and historic home restoration, Hampton Luzak also supports several charitable organizations outside of her work including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Joyful Heart Foundation.

The Joyful Heart Foundation, a Hawaii-based nonprofit organization, engages in support and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Founded in 2004, the organization has expanded to include offices on both coasts, and operates programs such as the End the Backlog Initiative.
As the top advocacy priority for the Joyful Heart Foundation, the End the Backlog program consists of six legislative reforms to the rape kit process in the United States. Backlogged rape kits, which consist of a photograph, swab, and medical examination following a sexual assault, number in the hundreds of thousands. Reforms to the process include keeping an annual inventory of untested rape kits, mandatory testing of new and backlogged kits, and the implementation of a tracking system so victims can check on the status of their kits. Moreover, the program advocates for victims to be given rights to notice so they can receive information regarding their kit, and seeks funding to implement the reforms.

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