Victims Urge Georgia to Improve Funding for Forensic DNA

PR Newswire
ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Victims of crimes and their families met to discuss the need for immediate action in support of better funding for the Georgia forensic DNA program. Debbie Smith, an outspoken rape survivor and namesake of the federal Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Elimination Act, was joined by Jayann Sepich, mother of murder victim Katie Sepich, namesake of Katie’s Law — both in Atlanta to meet with the parents of murder victim Johnia Berry (Mike and Joan Berry) and Savanna rape victim Susan Cash. The Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA) hosted the discussion of the importance of federal funding in reducing Georgia’s backlog of unsolved cases, and the dire need for the State to provide improved funding for its DNA program.