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Millions Earmarked to Clear 'Disturbing' Rape Kit Backlog
September 10, 2015 • NBC News
Kate Snow, Rich McHugh and Tracy Connor
New effort underway to clear rape kit backlog. read more
Michael Stars launches limited T-shirts
• The Beach Reporter
The Beach Reporter
Michael Stars is teaming up with actress Mariska Hargitay and Joyful Heart Foundation to introduce an updated capsule collection of limited-edition tees and tanks that launched nationwide last week. read more
Michael Stars Charity Tee
February 14, 2013 • Haute Pink Pretty
An Dyer
What are you wearing tonight for Valentines Day? read more
Miami PD to begin work on state’s largest backlog of untested rape kits
January 4, 2016 • Miami Herald
David Smiley

An effort to identify and process every untested rape kit in Florida has found that more than 3,700 exist in Miami-Dade County, including 2,243 held by Miami police alone — the most of any law enforcement agency in the state.

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Memphis Police official says rape kit backlog is shrinking
July 15, 2014 • The Commercial Appeal
Daniel Connolly
As of June, 1,185 previously untested kits have been tested. An additional 2,495 kits remained at forensic labs, and 5,553 remained untested. read more
Memphis has largest backlog of untested rape kits in US
February 12, 2014 • WLOX 13
Kontji Anthony
Memphis has the largest known number of untested rape kits in the country. It is why the City of Memphis held a news conference Wednesday morning to announce several developments regarding the city's rape kit backlog. read more
Meet Mariska Hargitay and Michael Cohen at Bloomingdale's 59th Street
May 24th, 2012 • NY Daily News
NY Daily News
Join Mariska Hargitay, Founder and President of the Joyful Heart Foundation and star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Michael Cohen, founder of Michael Stars, in support of Joyful Heart's mission. read more
ME&RO Fearlessness Tag Pendant
November 21, 2012 • SheKnows.com
This pendant brings a graceful twist in a smaller size to the classic dog tag design and is engraved with "Fearlessness" as a reminder that embracing fearlessness inspires one to approach life with an open heart and to be strong in the face of life's adversities. read more
Mass. House approves proposal to create tracking system for untested rape kits and evaluate backlog
November 15, 2017 • MassLive
Scott J. Croteau

The Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a proposal to overhaul the state's policy for tracking and testing rape kits.

The proposal was adopted as an amendment to the criminal justice reform bill passed Tuesday night. House Minority Leader Bradley Jones Jr. proposed the amendment, which calls for the creation of a rape kit tracking system with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

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Marketplace: The Retail Scene
May 2nd, 2012 • The Orange County Register
Lana Johnson
At FASHION ISLAND, from May 1-31, Bloomingdale's invites you to help support the Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation and the Power of Vulnerability
May 23, 2017 • StyleCaster
Christina Grasso

Mariska Hargitay may be best known for her role as Olivia Benson, the badass lieutenant on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” now going into its 19th season. But what many people may not know is that her work on the hit show inspired her to use her platform for tremendous good by helping survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. In other words, her level of badassery transcends that of her character’s on the show that I, like so many others, grew up watching.

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Mariska Hargitay’s Doc ‘I Am Evidence’ Is An Eye-Opening Look At The Rape Kit Backlog
May 2, 2017 • The Huffington Post
Stephanie Marcus

If you were to watch almost any episode of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” it’s likely that some form of sexual assault would take place, the victim would be given a rape kit at the hospital, and the dedicated detectives investigating would send the kit off to be tested for DNA evidence.

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Mariska Hargitay’s Charitable “Philosophy”
November 13th, 2009 • People Magazine
Jen Garcia
While she may play tough as nails detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, this Hollywood actress is showing off her big heart by using her spare time to give back to women in need. Hargitay and her Joyful Heart Foundation joined forces with philosophy to build “healing kits” for women in shelters throughout the LA area to draw attention to the massive budget cuts to the state’s domestic violence services. read more
Mariska Hargitay: “Do the KIND Thing”
September 17th, 2012 • She Knows
Celebrity Photo Girl
Emmy award-winning actress of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay is encouraging people everywhere to “Do the KIND Thing” in support of her Joyful Heart Foundation, which is her non-profit organization that helps empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. read more
Mariska Hargitay: ‘My Kids Are All Fearless’
July 9th, 2012 • People Magazine
Catherine Kast
When Mariska Hargitay isn’t collaring criminals on Law and Order, SVU, she’s spending her days off with her family in the Hamptons. read more
Mariska Hargitay: The Haircut That Almost Got Me Fired
September 23, 2013 • Yahoo! Daily Shot
Ali Wentworth
Mariska Hargitay sits down with Ali Wentworth to discuss Season 15 of Law and Order: SVU, the role Detective Olivia Benson has played in her life and the work she does with the Joyful Heart Foundation read more
Mariska Hargitay: Staying Sane When Life Is Moving Fast
September 10th, 2010 • Good Housekeeping
David Keeps
TV's favorite cop on managing tricky marriage moments, ignoring her son's bedtime — and staying safe and sane when life is moving a little too fast. read more
Mariska Hargitay: Joyful Heart Gala with Hilary Swank!
May 21st, 2011 • Just Jared
Just Jared
Mariska Hargitay and Hilary Swank attend the 2011 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala on Tuesday (May 17) at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. read more
Mariska Hargitay: A Hollywood star for an actress – and activist (+video)
November 9, 2013 • The Christian Science Monitor
David Clark Scott
Mariska Hargitay got a Hollywood star for her role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." But Mariska Hargitay also heads a foundation against domestic violence. read more
Mariska Hargitay, Hilary Swank, and Debra Messing’s Joyful Hearts and More
May 10th, 2012 • InStyle
Leah Abrahams
Mariska Hargitay welcomed friends Hilary Swank and Debra Messing to celebrate with her at the fifth annual Joyful Revolution Gala New York City, in honor of the organization she founded, the Joyful Heart Foundation. The non-profit focuses on supporting survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, a cause that Hargitay became well-acquainted with after working on Law & Order: SVU. Click through to see more stars who stepped out for last night’s hottest parties. read more
Mariska Hargitay, Actress and Founder of Joyful Heart Foundation to Speak At the National Press Club, March 13
March 11, 2013 • Hawaii News Now
PR Newswire
Mariska Hargitay, the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning actress who stars as Olivia Benson on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, will speak at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon on March 13. read more
Mariska Hargitay's 'Joy Rocks' Event Fights Against Domestic Violence With Special Honoree Joe Torre
March 8th, 2012 • The Hollywood Reporter
Rachel Shapiro
The Joyful Heart foundation was created by Law and Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse. Hargitay hosted the “Joy Rocks” celebration event, which made more than $150,000 during a star-studded brunch at the House of Blues on a sunny Sunday afternoon, March 4. read more
Mariska Hargitay to Receive Star on the Walk of Fame
November 8, 2013 • The Variety
Randee Dawn
Over the years, Hargitay may not have become Benson, but she’s channeled the dark energy the show can put out into advocacy and charity work. read more
Mariska Hargitay to Produce Documentary on Rape Kit Backlog (Exclusive)
March 10, 2014 • The Hollywood Reporter
Lesley Goldberg
The "Law & Order: SVU" star's Joyful Heart Foundation will serve as a beneficiary of the film. read more
Mariska Hargitay tears up at Joyful Revolution Gala, talks 'huge progress' of domestic violence, sexual assault awareness
May 7, 2015 • Daily News
RACHEL MARESCA

Mariska Hargitay couldn't be prouder of how far her foundation has come.

The "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress, who founded the Joyful Heart organization in 2004, teared up when talking about it to the Daily News' Confidential column at Wednesday's Joyful Revolution Gala.

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