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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to J.D.I. through a friend of mine who works for J.D.I.

When I shared my story with the J.D.I. staff, I really came to know they cared about me, simply by their attentiveness, compassion and the way they cared about my feelings and emotions.

Continuing to work with J.D.I., has allowed me to process and work through my pain, to stay on this path of life, as I move along on my journey of healing.

I am thankful and grateful for J.D.I. being there for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

JDI is an incredible organization! I volunteer each year with them during the holidays, writing cards to inmates. The thank you notes that we get from them are filled with so much hope and gratitude. It really shows how invaluable the work they do is.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was raped in prison by two different staff members methodically over a year period of time. I was suicidal and hopeless. Through my work as a volunteer with JDI and sitting on their Survivor Council, I found the courage to heal and found my voice in advocacy. I testified before a Joint Senate Committee in a successful effort to change California law, worked on the crafting and implementation of PREA (the Prison Rape Elimination Act), became a PREA peer educator in the first pilot implementation program before the guidelines became mandatory and was honored to be a speaker in a training webinar to share PREA practices with corrections officials. I got to see firsthand how important JDI's work is and how it can and does change lives. They certainly deserve recognition for their tireless efforts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best thing I can say about Just Detention International is they saved the lives of a lot of women at the California institution for Women when they came in to implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act pilot program in 2010. JDI rescued us from many years of sexual abuse. They gave us a voice and the information we needed to protect ourselves. They made prison a lot safer for inmates, at least against sexual violence. I am a survivor of sexual abuse in prison and JDI gave me strength to fight. JDI helps in letting the United States know that the punishment of incarceration does not include sexual abuse.