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Just Detention International, Inc.

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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

Client Served

Rating: 5

JDI has been a great organization to work with. They have always been there to assist with training or to answer questions regarding the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Through our partnership with JDI Oregon has really been able to move forward in addressing the proposed standards.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JDI is on the national forefront in raising awareness and bringing about an end to the sexual assault of individuals who are incarcerated. Their tireless work around the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) legislation and standards, as well as their efforts in public education and awareness, are unmatched in this country. TD3 Consulting has been privileged to partner with Linda McFarlane and other JDI staff and volunteers, along with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), on a variety of projects. We know that when we work with JDI - we are making a difference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is robert L. Mullins, and I am a Prison Rape Survivor. I have been out of TheSouth Carolina Department of Corrections since October 1, 2010, currently residing in Virginia.

While incarcerated I was beaten and raped by my cellmate in July 2009. JDI was there to help. I saw their ad in a Prison Legal News Magazine I ran across while working as an inmate law clerk at Allendale Correctional Institution right after my ordeal. I wrote them a letter about the incident and they have been in my life ever since with regular support and encouragement. They sent me many resource guides in order for me to seek local professional help and assisited me in speaking out to help initiate change in our "Justice" system by writing letters to Atty Gen. Eric Holder. I am a better person today because of JDI.

Robert L. Mullins

Advisor

Rating: 5

Fantastic support and real legislative results! My life has been transformed and revived by the work this agency has assisted me to accomplish. i was violated and raped by 'correction officer' in the DC jail in 1997. A group of us survivors and Just Detention International have accomplished so much to support incarcerated persons. They support inmates and persons released by letting us know we are not alone. We are connected by similar tragedies in our lives and by the ongoing summits they organize to promote the protection of people who happen to be behind bars. Just Detention International helps us all to remember that rape is Never part of the penalty for committing a crime.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Just Detention International is a group that is, quite simply, changing the world. Through policy reform, advocacy, and direct work with survivors of prisoner rape, this human rights organization has helped bring about the most significant prison reform in the United States in more than 30 years.

JDI has also begun to expand its work to parts of the world where HIV in prisons looms as a major threat to community health. This expansion will build on the group's reputation for hard-hitting advocacy and its expertise about what really works to keep people safe.

Notably, this group's impressive record of accomplishment has been undertaken with a lean budget and small but tenacious staff. I can't think of an organization more worthy of support!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Through my training with JDI I have acquired skills and valuable knowledge that assists me with my work and treatment of my clients. This knowledge I can pass onto different levels within my organization: social workers, top management and general staff.

The service JDI has rendered is particularly important in the orientation of new clients, better equipping them to protect themselves and makes their stay in the facility more bearable.

troyerik264

Client Served

Rating: 5

JDI was the first organization to reach out to me when I was sexually abused and raped in prison, since 2005- 2011. JDI has been there for me emotionally and once I was released they were there for me physically. A great non profit that puts people and rights first.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women's Center-High Desert, Inc. has been involved with Just Detention International since 2005. We work closely together to provide confidential rape ciisis counseling to incarcerated victims of sexual assault. Our pilot site is at Californa Correctional Institution-Tehachapi. We have presented our program at the National Sexual Assault Conference in Los Angeles as well as the California Probation, Parole, and Corrections conference in San Francisco. Due to Just Detention International's continued work on the PREA standards, we were invited to attend a listenting session hosted by the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. We value our working relationship with Just Detention International and truly believe that we are helping to target a population that has been overlooked and ignored for too long.

1 Scott Howard-Smith

Client Served

Rating: 5

While incarcerated, I sustained repeated sexual assaults via forced prostitution at the hands of prison gang members for over one year. I sought assistance from over twenty prisoner-rights groups throughout the country. None of them responded to me. I then saw an advertisement for JDI and wrote a letter, believing in my heart it was a wasted postage stamp. I was on the brink of suicide when a response from JDI was delivered. The response was quick and provided me with valuable resources, a healing guide, and more importantly, sincere words of encouragement. They were the only organization to offer a hand of hope when honestly I had no one. During my ordeal, for well over a year after initial contact, JDI stayed in touch with me. Even after my release, they were there for me to ensure that I found a therapist to work with in the city where I was living. The staff is sincere in its dedication to eliminate sexual abuse in detention facilities of all types, all over the world. They may never know that I had already planned my suicide, gathered the necessary tools, and made arrangements to hang myself. JDI's letter showed up only 3 days prior to the date I had selected to end my life and it gave me the hope necessary to rebuild my desire to live.

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