JDI’s 2019-20 budget is $3.7 million, and they have 22 staff. Headquartered in the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, they also have offices in Washington, DC and Johannesburg, South Africa.  As you know, they were instrumental in getting the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) passed by Congress in 2003, which created the commission responsible for drafting standards for the elimination of sexual violence in detention facilities.

Lovisa Stannow, who has been JDI’s Executive Director for 14 years, is ready to move on, but she is willing to stay to the end of the year if its best for all. That might provide some helpful overlap for the new CEO.

There are two ways that JDI is poised for growth: the pending establishment of a pending national hotline to report sexual violence in detention; and expanding their work into states and foreign countries that have not yet embraced this concept. Canada is on the horizon, as are other South African countries where homosexuality is a criminal offense. We believe that JDI has a stable funding mix, and we can provide a summary to an interested candidate.

Many of their clients are incarcerated LGBTQ individuals (or perceived as such), and cultural competence in dealing with this population is of importance. The Board Chair is a UC Berkeley Law Professor named Russell Robinson, who is wonderful to work with.  The target salary is $200,000, and they have an excellent benefits package.  For more information, go to www.justdetention.org and www.prearesourcecenter.org.

Please circulate among your network of colleagues. If this could be of interest to you or someone you know, please contact us. We are presenting our panel of candidates on May 29th. Thank you for your time and attention.