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Just Detention International, Inc.

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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JDI has a wonderful team of people that are committed to helping corrections, all forms of confinement facilities, do the right thing. I am an ex prisoner, not a survivor, however totally believe in what JDI stands for. I know that with their determination rape will one day not be part of the penalty.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only is jDI a fierce advocate for abused prisoners and a considerable force in stopping the atrocities of sexual abuse in prison, JDI staff and directors are compassionate and genuine when dealing with survivors of abuse (something I've seen in person). It is rare to find such a combination of traits and skills in one small organization. They are doing outstanding and essential work.