Today is my first day as the Executive Director of Just Detention International — the world’s only organization that is dedicated exclusively to fighting prisoner rape. It’s the honor of a lifetime to be appointed to lead JDI. As a JDI staff member since 2005 — and Deputy Executive Director since 2008 — I’ve seen from up close how essential our work is in the fight to bring safety and human rights to people who are so often forgotten.

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JDI’s new Executive Director, Linda McFarlane, pictured here at a JDI Survivor Summit. As Deputy Executive Director, Linda spearheaded bold projects to prevent and respond to sexual abuse behind bars.

It was clear to me on my very first day at JDI that this organization was special. On my desk there was a stack of letters from incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse — just some of the more than 2,000 such letters we receive every year. One survivor wrote, “I have written to 50 places for help and you’re the only one who wrote back.” …

Just Detention International

Just Detention International is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention.

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