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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

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jan Lastocy

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just Detention International gave me a way to tell my story and talk about my rapes. Even though the rapes occurred while I was incarcerated, JDI never treated me like less of a person. Talking about my rapes has been very healing for me, and without JDI, I would not have had that opportunity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned of Just Detention International several years ago. As a survivor of prisoner rape, I never knew that such an organization existed. JDI has taught me that I am still a person, I am still important, I will survive ~ and more important, I am not alone! As a member of the Survivor Council, I have had the opportunity to work with other survivors and staff members of JDI to work at getting PREA standards signed and in place. Just Detention International is an organization that I am proud to be associated with. I have never met such caring, wonderful people who truly believe in the cause that they are fighting for.

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John73

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife is a survivor of prisoner rape. Even though we had been married for almost 20 years at the time she was raped, because of her fears of retaliation and punishment, she didn't dare say anything. Jan served 18 months in Michigan during which time she was repeatedly raped. Not once, not twice, but several times a week for over 6 months. But she was too afraid to say anything. Not even to me - no one. When it finally became known, she testified at a criminal trial and her rapist was convicted and he was sent to prison. One day Jan was doing an internet search on prisoner rape, to see if she could find anything to help her, and she located an organization called Stop Prisoner Rape (now called Just Detention International). She called them and after talking to them, she received a packet of information. It contained so much info - where she could go for counseling, different types of support, etc. And there was a note included. I was totally amazed that there was anything like JDI out there. I know I was even more shocked that JDI took phone calls from someone they didn't know and would talk to her and try to help. Whether she was looking for an answer to something, could she find something, etc. She was on the road to recovery, stronger than ever, and it was because she was drawing on the strength she received from JDI. JDI has used our story (due to the fact that we have been married for so long, we are kind of unusual), we share our story, and worked at helping get PREA signed and doing whatever we could to spread the word about prisoner rape. JDI has given us both the platform to do this. Jan has become a very strong advocate for prisoner rape, and I am proud of her; but I truly believe that she would not be as strong an advocate if it were not for JDI. Everyone at JDI are completely wonderful, understanding, caring and loving people; and I thank them everyday for the fine work they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was abused while in prison and these people were very helpful in trying to expose the predator after I was released. I was surprised at how dedicated and genuinely helpful and professional the people at Just Detention were and how good they made me feel about not blaming myself for what happened. They even followed up and wrote to the warden and tried to get those responsible to be held accountable for what they did. They made me realize that I wasn't the only one who this type of thing happened to and it wasn't part of my punishment. I applaud their work and wish I could do more to help THEM now that I am free.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was forced by a police officer to perform sexual acts with another inmate. I was illegaly detained without a cause and also no drugs were found on me nor was I doing anything illegal. Nobody wanted to proceed to charge this officer of the law with any charges. Untill the Philadelphia inquire found out about my story and dug deep into L&I and found all kinds of errors that were made and even found a witness to come forward to tell what this
police officer did to me. Well it made the front page news and they could not sweep it under the rug no more! The police officer was then prosicuted and then fired for his actions. He appealed it and lost. I fought for years and it payed off! I was then contacted by just detention and they helped me through the hurdles by supporting me and showing me that I should be proud of who I am and I met others who were abused by the justice center. I am so grateful for all the wonderful things Just Detention and Stop Prisoner Rape has done for me and all the others! They are the voice that we need and love. Without them I wouldn't be the strong woman I became. Thank you for helping me obtain my confidence back and showing me the way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hey Christine,

Really glad to hear from you. It has been quit a while since we communicated. Of coarse I will add to the accolades. first I would like to say a personal thank you to you and your team. So THANK YOU !



I was raped. due to an ongoing civil matter I am unable to give allot of details. but what I can say is this;

My name is Michael Joseph Booth.

I was housed in a particular CA. prison.

I am an openly gay man.

I was raped.

The emotional and spiritual defeat that I experienced afterwards was to much for me. I had a complete mental brake down. As I slowly started to regain an idea of reality I made contact with Christine at J.D.I. She held my hand thru the mail. At some point she put me in contact with a S.A.R.T. representative. I am now a very strong willed physically powerful man. It is my opinion that this complete rebuild of the person that is Michael Booth would not have happened if were not for Christine's belief in me. The emotional and spiritual support that I was given, gave me strength. Even now almost two years later J.D.I. and I are still in contact.

For those of you that read this that may be in the shoes that wore two years ago. Know this, Christine and Derek and the rest of J.D.I. will believe you when no one else will, and that is the most powerful support that people like me need.

There were many other things that they helped me with such as very good advice. some other little thing as well. The truth is that all would have came in its own time. The belief in me only came by way of a very few, and the first was Christine.

THANK YOU

CHRISTINE

DEREK

J.D.I.



SIGNED


MICHAEL JOSEPH BOOTH

Client Served

Rating: 4

The value of the PREA program to the prison population is more than obvious. What needs to be acknowledged is how fantastic, positive, professional, and dedicated Ms. Linda McFarlane and Ms. Christine Kregg were during our work. The made the process of bringing the program to CIW uncomplicated and a pleasure. They were knowlegable about the subject matter. Both were available to answer any questions. They were also helpful throughout the program development process. Ms. McFarlane and Ms. Kregg defintely would get credit for success of the PREA program at CIW.

Client Served

Rating: 5

JDI is an non-profit organization who's work in the area of sexual violence in prisons is invaluable. Oregon Department of Corrections has been blessed with the opportunity to work with Lovisa Stannow and Linda McFarlane . The knowledge shared with our staff and the inmate population helped us develop a Prison Rape Elimination Act PREA policy. We hope to work with JDI for many years to come as ODOC implements the PREA Standards.

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.

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

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.

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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