• Boa Smith Program Associate

    Boa Smith is a Program Associate 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.

  • Boafoa Offei-Darko Development Officer

    Boafoa Offei-Darko is JDI’s Development Officer. She handles many of JDI’s administrative duties and assists with donor development and grant writing. She also supports JDI’s social media, video content, and media relations. Before joining JDI, she freelanced as a script supervisor and worked as a social outreach director for a feature documentary film. Boafoa has also volunteered as an after school tutor and mentor for programs such as Bridge the Gap and Higher Achievement. Boafoa is a certified rape crisis counselor.

  • Carolina Aparicio Senior Program Officer

    Carolina Aparicio is a Senior Program Officer at JDI. She works on several domestic projects, assisting corrections departments in implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards, providing support with staff training, policy review, and collaborations with community service providers. She also provides training and technical assistance to direct services providers across the country. Carolina supports JDI’s multimedia projects, including videos and online campaigns. Prior to joining JDI, she did communications and development work for the Program for Torture Victims. Carolina has also worked on issues related to economic justice. Carolina is bilingual in English and Spanish and is a certified rape crisis counselor.

  • Chris Daley Deputy 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 Senior Program Director

    Cynthia Totten, Esq, is a Senior Program Director at JDI’s Washington, D.C., office. She provides training and technical assistance for corrections agencies and direct service providers around the country on preventing and responding to sexual violence in detention. She 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. A lawyer with nearly two decades of experience in human and civil rights advocacy, Cynthia previously represented plaintiffs in employment class action lawsuits.

  • Desiree Magsombol Senior Program Officer

    Desiree Magsombol, JD, is a Senior Program Officer with JDI’s survivor outreach team. 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 Seipel Senior Program Officer

    Jessica 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 Operations Director

    Leelyn Aquino, 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 Project Manager

    Matthew Van Winkle, is JDI’s Project Manager. He coordinates the work of all of JDI’s U.S.-based project teams, maximizing organizational impact and efficiency. Matthew also assists the Executive Director by serving as a liaison with the Board of Directors. A dedicated non-profit manager with almost a decade of experience in executive support, fundraising, and outreach, Matthew came to JDI from Theatricum Botanicum, a theater company in Los Angeles.

  • Morgan Givens Program Officer

    Morgan Givens is a Program Officer at JDI’s Washington, D.C., office. He provides training and 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.

  • 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.

  • Rob Woronoff Program Director

    Rob Woronoff, MS, is a Program Director with JDI. As a member of JDI’s domestic team, Rob provides training, policy development, and technical assistance for corrections staff, advocates, and service providers on preventing and responding to sexual abuse in detention. He has worked with LGBT children, youth, and families for more than 25 years. As Director of LGBT Services at the Child Welfare League of America, Rob led the effort to improve how the U.S. child welfare system works with LGBT youth and families. He has provided consultation, training, and technical assistance to many leading human rights organizations across the country. Rob is also a founding member of the Equity Project, whose goal is to improve the treatment of LGBT youth in the nation’s juvenile justice system.

  • 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.

  • Tara Peterson Shabazz Program Director

    Tara Peterson Shabazz, MA, is a National Program Director at JDI. She provides training and technical assistance to corrections officials and advocates across the country, ensuring that incarcerated survivors have access to crisis services. Tara has more than 15 years of experience addressing domestic violence, youth violence, sexual assault, and reproductive rights. She spent a decade working at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, including five years as its Executive Director. While there, she led statewide policy, legislative, and budget advocacy efforts and represented the organization at the state and national level. Throughout her career, Tara has paid special attention to preventing violence against African American women and to protecting the wellbeing of underserved communities.

  • 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.

  • Vivian Jojola Senior Program Director

    Vivian Jojola is a Senior 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.