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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Crime Prevention, Mental Health, Sexual Abuse Prevention

Mission: Just Detention International (JDI) is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual violence in all forms of detention. JDI has three core goals: to hold government officials accountable for prisoner rape; to promote public attitudes that value the health and safety of people behind bars; and to ensure that those who have survived sexual abuse get the help they need.

Programs: JDI is the only organization in the U.S. dedicated to ending sexual abuse in detention. Working with prisoner rape survivors, legislators, and other advocates, JDI helped secure passage of the U.S. Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 and worked to develop related state laws in California and Texas. Since then, JDI has played a key role in the implementation of these laws. JDI provides expert analysis, first-hand survivor accounts, training, and technical assistance to policymakers, corrections officials, and advocates nationwide. JDI works closely with state and county corrections systems to help them implement national standards addressing sexual abuse behind bars, developed under PREA. JDI also mobilizes allied organizations to combat sexual abuse in detention and trains community-based service providers to address the needs of prisoner rape survivors. In particular, JDI works with rape crisis centers, helping them develop partnerships with prisons and jails to ensure that survivors of abuse get the care they need in the aftermath of an assault. In all of its work, JDI ensures that survivors and their experiences play a central role in the development of public policy.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

JDI is a great organization that fights for some of the most powerless people in society. Their dedication to their mission is inspirational. Anyone who really cares about criminal justice reform should support their work. I'm proud to be a donor.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I support JDI because its work to end sexual violence behind bars is deeply important to me. I want to make our prisons safer, and I want to end sexual violence. JDI is the one-of-a kind organization with a mission that encompasses both of these aims -- and, most importantly, that gets results.

I have been fortunate to help JDI as a volunteer for the Words of Hope campaign, which allows people to send holiday messages to incarcerated survivors of rape. That such a simple act can make such a profound difference to people is a powerful lesson. I was also fortunate enough to spend a bit of time with survivors at the card-writing event, and to hear first-hand how JDI had a positive impact on their lives

As a native Angeleno, it makes me proud that JDI calls LA home!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became familiar with JDI's work through a good friend of mine. Their dedication to helping such an underserved population is admirable.

Every year, I look forward to participating in their annual card writing campaign that reaches hundreds of survivors during the holidays. Being able to extend such a simple gesture to those who have such a deep appreciation for my well wishes means so much, and is only possible because of JDI's commitment to these survivors.

Bravo to JDI for all of their great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I once served time and saw lots of sexual abuse. The COs (guards) forced women to have sex with them and it was awful. Sometimes women got something in return, but it was still abuse because the COs controlled everything! Sometimes women went along with it because they were scared the COs would write them up. One woman refused but she got raped anyway. The rest of the world pretends this stuff isn't happening, but it is. Youre not supposed to be abused in prison. The only organization that is fighting against rape in prison is JDI. I wish everyone would support them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to LA in July. At the end of August I heard about JDI and thought that it would be a great place to volunteer at – and it is! JDI fights against abuse of prisoners and it does this extraordinarily well. Everyone at JDI is passionate about helping others. JDI raises awareness of prisoner rape and works with prisons to stop the abuse. They also gather first-hand accounts from prisoners themselves. After spending time with organizations that don’t really function to full capacity, I can tell you that JDI is the exception. The people at JDI not only care about stopping prisoner abuse, they know how to make a real difference. I am very proud to be associated with this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JDI is a phenomenal organisation. Indeed, I have never encountered a more intrepid and undaunted human rights agency anywhere in the world. JDI believes that prisoners have rights, and that everyone – yes, everyone – should demand that those rights are upheld. But the JDI team doesn’t just talk. They spend a lot of time inside jails, working with prisoners and guards to make jails safe. They don't take no for an answer. That’s part of their magic. They seem to think everything is possible, including ending rape in prison. And they are right, of course. There really are no limits to what we can accomplish if we just commit to it, fearlessly and intelligently. We all have a lot to learn from JDI.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am 11 years old and I have been volunteering with JDI since I was 5 years old. Every year my parents and I write holiday cards to prisoners. JDI rocks! :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked with and founded several non-profits, I feel confident that JDI ranks among the best of them. They have a clear mission (ending sexual assault in prison) and have streamlined strategies and commitments to seeing that goal to fruition. They are a rare non-profit that keeps entirely focused on their goal, though it's tempting to spread their work further. They are also unique in being a willing team playing -- they fully understand that they can deepen their work through collaborating with others.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Collaborating with JDI on video production has been an all- around positive experience. Everyone that I have had the pleasure of working with has been thoroughly collaborative, and always open to problem- solving. I look forward to working with everyone at JDI in the future, and have enjoyed helping them do their meaningful work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have felt privileged to support Just Detention's video production needs as a filmmaker. I have worked with multiple people at this organization, all of whom were professional, concise, thoughtful, and kind. Just Detention is a great organization because it is facilitated by great people. It's the best kind of working relationship because their passion is contagious.