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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

22 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to JDI ever since I first learned about the organization over ten years ago. Not only do I think the work they do is the most important I can support, and that they are wonderful advocates for people who are in prison and for others, but I also know they are genuine and adept in their communications with supporters. The materials they send to supporters to inform us of their activities is always thoughtful, timely and well written. I appreciate this and JDI stands out in its communications from other organizations to which I donate. That I can send messages to prisoners means the world to me.

Donor

Rating: 5

JDI fulfills its mission with unsurpassed integrity, dedication, and professionalism. Having worked closely with senior staff in the past I can attest to their commitment to the highest quality of standards. This is one non-profit that I can support without reservation. Kudos to JDI!

Audrey24

Donor

Rating: 5

They are wonderful. They give hope to those who are often overlooked. To feel trapped is a horrible feeling, and to be trapped within a trap is a nightmare. I give to this charity because this is what they look to fix, they give relief to those who's voices go unheard.

HappyHart

Donor

Rating: 5

JDI is remarkable in the deep care they put into their work. It's all very human - a great deal of listening and being fully engaged in heart and mind. I'm proud to donate to them and participate in campaigns. I hope to see them grow and I hope to see an end to abuse in prisons.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have contributed to this organization shortly after learning about it in the late 1980s. JDI merits that sort of ongoing support - it addresses an important topic and has been a great catalyst for education and change at the local, state, and federal levels. Their vision is broad yet never loses sight of the individual.

Donor

Rating: 5

Prison rape is something that has deeply disturbed me for a long time, ever since I watched the films And Justice for All and Brubaker in college.  I felt sick for days afterwards. The fact that prison rape is so casually accepted worldwide, yet so devastating to its victims, ate away at my peace of mind for years. I couldn’t understand why a crime that can land you in prison stopped being a crime when carried out in prison. I wanted to do something about this terrible injustice, but didn’t know what to do. So the pain just festered inside me. Until one day, researching prison rape, to include tangentially in one of my story lines, I found Just Detention International. I had several reactions. I was amazed and awed, feeling that God had heard my prayers. I felt great relief knowing that there are others, in fact an entire organisation, who believe that prison rape should not be an internationally accepted part of prison life and are fighting to protect vulnerable prisoners. And I felt stupid for not knowing about JDI earlier.

I am so grateful that Just Detention International exists and that it is making progress in helping prisoners live behind bars with dignity and respect and without the cruel and brutal punishment of rape. I am honoured to be able to support JDI.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to this group because I agonize sbout the plight of the powerless.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to JDI through the writing of Hamilton Nolan on Gawker.com, Hamilton supports prisoner rights and I was intrigued by JDI's simple request for positive and healing thoughts for their clients for a holiday card project.
Upon visiting JDI's web page and reading the incredible relief they brought to their clients I knew that I needed to do more to help this organization.
I am a sexual abuse survivor, unlike JDI's clients I had the luxury of freedom and the comfort of my family and the resources to heal. The act of writing healing notes to the clients of JDI was incredible. It is easy to discount people in prison as some anonymous "bad guy", but what does that attitude serve?? There is no justice done when people are harmed in prison by rape and sexual assault, it harms us all as a people and a society to allow such acts to go on and to not help the victims, no matter what crime led them to be in prison.
I would encourage anyone who is cynical about what JDI's impact is to read just one or two of the client testimonials, I know that involving myself with JDI, even in a very small way was one of the most rewarding things I did all last year.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Just Detention International for a few years now. The work they do is absolutely essential and life-saving, and something which I feel very fortunate to be involved with. The level of commitment and dedication they display to the cause of eliminating the sexual abuse of prisoners is exceptional and I have sustained my involvement with this organization due to their mission as well as the success of their program in helping and healing others. I can't say enough good things about this organization, please look into the amazing work they have done and continue to do.