• Andrea Balzano Development Director

    Andrea Balzano, MA, is JDI’s Development Director. Before joining JDI, Andrea worked as the Senior Development Research Analyst for the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC. She has spent her career working in prospect development for nonprofits and universities, including Enterprise Community Partners, Pomona College, and Cornell University. Andrea has also worked as a volunteer consultant for small nonprofits to help them build and sustain major giving programs.

  • Boa Smith Program Officer

    Boa Smith, is a Program Officer at JDI. She provides research and administrative assistance to JDI’s domestic program team. Boa, who spent 29 years in prison before her release in 2012, has been an outspoken advocate for inmates’ rights. While in prison Boa served as a PREA and HIV/AIDS Peer Educator, teaching inmates about their right to be free from sexual violence. She was also actively engaged in a survivor support group. Boa is a member of JDI’s Survivor Council, which she joined in November 2012. Boa is a certified rape crisis counselor.

  • Chris Daley Deputy Executive Director

    Chris Daley, Esq, is one of JDI’s Deputy Executive Directors, based in its Washington, D.C., office. He works on federal and state policy issues, advocating for effective government action to end the crisis of sexual abuse in detention. Chris works with survivors, other advocates, elected officials, the White House, and executive agencies to implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act across the country. He also works with state elected officials and local advocates to plan and pass meaningful reform at the state level. Chris is an attorney and a founder of the Transgender Law Center. He has also worked in private practice in California and Indiana.

  • Cynthia Totten National Program Director

    Cynthia Totten, Esq, is JDI’s National Program Director, based in its Washington, D.C. office. Cynthia leads JDI’s national training and technical assistance (TTA) program, providing TTA to state and tribal sexual assault coalitions, victim advocates, corrections officials and funding administrators across the country, ensuring that incarcerated survivors have access to crisis services. A lawyer with nearly two decades of experience in human and civil rights work, Cynthia also advocates to bring basic international human rights standards into U.S. prisons and jails, and has contributed to JDI’s federal policy and international programs.

  • Desiree Magsombol Program Director

    Desiree Magsombol, JD, is a Program Director at JDI. A certified domestic violence and rape crisis counselor, Desiree provides support, information, and referrals to survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones. She also assists facilities in implementing the PREA standards, providing support with staff training, policy review, and collaborations with community service providers. Before joining JDI, she worked as a community advocate for LGBT survivors of domestic violence and as a residential counselor at a youth detention facility in Massachusetts.

  • Doreen Gaura Program Officer

    Doreen Gaura, is a Program Officer at JDI-South Africa. She trains corrections officers and other stakeholders; assists in the coordination of a civil society network to uphold detainee rights; conducts research and advocacy; coordinates JDI-SA’s communications work; and supports survivors of sexual violence in detention. Prior to joining JDI-SA, Doreen was involved in advocacy promoting the rights of children, women, and LGBTI people with various NGOs in South Africa and Zimbabwe. She is a widely published writer and blogger who has written extensively on human rights issues, especially related to race, gender, sexuality, culture, and identity.

  • Jesse Lerner-Kinglake Communications Director

    Jesse Lerner-Kinglake, MA, is JDI’s Communications Director. Jesse coordinates JDI’s print and online publications and serves as its primary media contact. He has extensive experience managing communications projects for non-governmental organizations in the U.S and the U.K. Prior to joining JDI, he served as Communications Manager for the International Rescue Committee UK. Jesse is a certified rape crisis counselor.

  • Jessica Serrano Seipel Senior Program Officer

    Jessica Serrano Seipel, is a Senior Program Officer at JDI. As part of the domestic program team, Jessica supports corrections agencies and community rape crisis centers in developing partnerships to provide services for incarcerated survivors. Jessica also provides training and technical assistance to rape crisis advocates and corrections staff. Previously, she worked for community rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, and sexual health agencies across California. Jessica is enrolled in the graduate public health program at George Washington University. She is a certified rape crisis counselor.

  • Kristin Hall Deputy Executive Director

    Kristin Hall, is one of JDI’s Deputy Executive Directors. She oversees JDI’s fundraising and communication efforts, educating supporters about sexual abuse in detention, working with allies to create programs that will make detention safer, and securing support from foundations, government agencies, and individuals. She also oversees JDI’s survivor outreach program. Prior to joining JDI, Kristin spent more than 15 years working as an advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Working in domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers, she provided crisis counseling and criminal justice advocacy, supervised volunteer programs, and trained community professionals on gender-based violence and how to respond to survivors. Kristin is a certified domestic violence and rape crisis counselor.

  • Leelyn Aquino-Shinn Operations Director

    Leelyn Aquino-Shinn, MPA, is JDI’s Operations Director. She handles the administrative management of the organization and assists with staff and board development. She also leads JDI’s survivor outreach team, which responds to thousands of incarcerated survivors who contact JDI each year. Leelyn previously worked as a paralegal at an immigration law firm. Leelyn is bilingual in English and Tagalog and is a certified rape crisis counselor.

  • Linda McFarlane Deputy Executive Director

    Linda McFarlane, MSW, LCSW, is one of JDI’s Deputy Executive Directors. A licensed social worker, Linda has more than 20 years of experience working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. She leads JDI’s domestic training, technical assistance, and mental health programs. In this role, she trains corrections officials, medical and mental health practitioners, and direct service providers in preventing and responding to sexual violence behind bars. She also works with corrections agencies on implementing programs to make their facilities safer. Before joining JDI in 2005, Linda worked in community rape crisis programs, foster care, and with adults with mental illness. She also worked as a staff member, unit supervisor, and therapist in a detention facility for girls with mental illnesses.

  • Lita Berry Program Assistant

    Lita Berry, is a Program Assistant in JDI’s Washington, DC office where she works on the domestic program and policy teams. Prior to joining JDI, Lita provided contract support to military and civilian leaders in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Lita is also a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at The Catholic University of America. Her social work interests are in assessing the impact of trauma on vulnerable populations, specifically individuals exposed to abuse, neglect and sexual assault. Lita is a certified domestic violence advocate and former on-call volunteer with DC SAFE, a non-profit working to empower survivors of domestic violence.

  • Lovisa Stannow Executive Director

    Lovisa Stannow, MA, is the Executive Director and Board Secretary of JDI. Lovisa manages all of JDI’s work, in the U.S. and internationally, and serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson. She has written extensively about prisoner rape, including a series of high-profile articles in The New York Review of Books, and is regularly featured in media outlets across the U.S. Prior to joining JDI in 2002, Lovisa served as the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health and the West Coast Director and Communications Director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. In the early 1990s, she worked as a Press Officer for Amnesty International, following several years as a journalist in Europe and Latin America. Lovisa is multilingual and has spent significant parts of her career based in war zones and areas of humanitarian disaster in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Lovisa is a certified rape crisis counselor.

  • Matthew Van Winkle Program Officer

    Matthew Van Winkle, is a Program Officer at JDI’s LA office.  He provides training and technical assistance to corrections agencies on sexual abuse prevention and response, especially by implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards. He works closely with rape crisis centers, helping them deliver high-quality services to incarcerated survivors. He also acts as a liaison between JDI’s Board of Directors and Executive Director Lovisa Stannow

  • Morgan Givens Program Officer

    Morgan Givens, is a Program Officer at JDI’s Washington, D.C. office. He provides training and technical assistance to corrections agencies to support their implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards. Prior to joining JDI, Morgan was a police officer with the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department. He is a committed LGBT advocate and, as a member of a panel based at Appalachian State University, helps lead community discussions to promote and protect the rights of transgender people.

  • Nicole de la Torre Senior Program Officer

    Nicole de la Torre, is a Senior Program Officer at JDI’s Washington, D.C. office. As a member of the domestic program team, Nicole assists with providing training and technical assistance to corrections agencies, supporting their implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards. Before joining JDI, she worked as an interpreter for Villanova University’s School of Law Clinical Programs. She also served as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives for Pedro Pierluisi, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico. Nicole is bilingual in English and Spanish and is a certified rape crisis counselor.

  • Preety Aujla Program Associate

    Preety Aujla, is a Program Associate at JDI. She provides administrative and program support to JDI’s domestic program team, including on projects to train direct service providers on helping incarcerated survivors. Prior to joining JDI, Preety worked as an investigator and paralegal for legal aid organizations that serve low-income communities in New York City. She also served an AmeriCorps year at an alternatives-to-incarceration program for youth in Baltimore.


  • Prince Nare Program Officer

    Prince Nare, is a Program Officer at JDI-South Africa, based in Johannesburg. As a key member of the JDI-South Africa team, he coordinates JDI’s work inside South African prisons and works with other civil society organizations to highlight the needs, human rights, and dignity of inmates. Previously, Prince worked on a project of the University of Pretoria that aims to improve the health care at district hospitals. Additionally, Prince has researched and written extensively about human rights abuses and barriers to health and justice facing sex workers in several African countries.

  • Ronald Chatters III Senior Program Officer

    Ronald Chatters III, MPA, JD, is a Senior Program Officer. A member of the domestic programs team, Ronald focuses on providing technical assistance and training to corrections agencies, helping them ensure the rights of the people in their custody. Before joining JDI, he worked with a number of organizations that aim to improve conditions of confinement for incarcerated individuals, including the Prison Law Office, Correctional Association of New York, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the United Nation’s Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD) in São Paulo, Brazil.  He has expertise in project development on a range criminal justice issues, from prisoners’ rights to reentry.


  • Sasha Gear Program Director

    Sasha Gear, is a Program Director who leads the work of JDI-South Africa, based in Johannesburg. Sasha works closely with the South African Department of Correctional Services and civil society groups to address sexual abuse in detention and the associated health risks. Sasha also leads JDI-South Africa’s outreach with prisoner rape survivors. Before joining JDI, Sasha worked at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, where her research on sexual violence in South African prisons has helped bring this abuse out of the shadows. She has published several scholarly articles on issues of gender and sexual abuse in South African prisons.

  • Simbree Touchstone Program Assistant

    Simbree Touchstone, is a Program Assistant at JDI. She provides administrative support for the organization and is a member of JDI’s survivor outreach team. She also assists with JDI’s communications work, specifically the website and social media. Before joining JDI, Simbree was a sexual assault advocate at the University of Southern California. She was the Director of Take Back the Night and the Clothesline Project, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about sexual violence. Simbree has also been a dedicated advocate for the LGBTQ community in Mississippi.

  • Tara Graham Senior Program Director

    Tara Graham, MPH, is a Senior Program Director in JDI’s Washington, D.C. office. She provides training and technical assistance to corrections agencies on preventing and responding to sexual abuse in detention. She has been working on the development and implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards for more than 10 years, including at the National PREA Resource Center. Her research experience includes interviewing homeless and runaway youth and incarcerated women about issues including drug use, sexual behaviors, and experience with physical and sexual violence. Previously, Tara served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania working on HIV/AIDS prevention with an emphasis on women and youth.

  • Unathi Mahlati Program Assistant

    Unathi Mahlati, is a Program Assistant at JDI-South Africa. She provides administrative and program support and helps manage JDI-SA’s social media presence, media relations, and audio-visual production. Before joining JDI-SA, she was an intern at the Wits Justice Project, a program of the University of Witwatersrand’s Journalism Department that investigates miscarriages of justice within South Africa’s criminal justice system.

  • Vanessa Sapien Senior Program Officer

    Vanessa Sapien, MA, is a Senior Program Officer with JDI. As a member of JDI’s domestic program team, she provides training and technical assistance for corrections staff, advocates, and service providers on how to keep prisoners safe from sexual violence. A mental health professional and certified domestic violence and rape crisis counselor, Vanessa has many years of experience helping survivors. She has received numerous awards for her clinical work, including a Presidential Service Award. Vanessa has also been recognized for her work in honoring diversity and social justice in mental health.

  • Vivian Jojola Program Director

    Vivian Jojola, is a Program Director at JDI. She works with corrections agencies and community organizations to ensure crisis services for incarcerated survivors. A member of JDI’s domestic program team, Vivian provides training and technical assistance to corrections officials and advocates across the country. Vivian has more than 20 years of experience advocating for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Prior to joining JDI, Vivian spent nearly a decade working to advance social change at the Liberty Hill Foundation. She has also worked to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission among high-risk populations, including sex workers, IV drug users, and the homeless. Vivian is a certified domestic violence and rape crisis counselor.