The Claude Leon Foundation


Just Detention International-South Africa (JDI-SA) is a health and human rights organisation that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. JDI-SA's work is based on the core principle that when a government removes someone's liberty, it takes on an absolute responsibility to keep that person safe. No matter what crime someone may have committed, rape is not part of the penalty.

JDI-SA advocates for laws and policies that make places of detention safe, and fights to ensure that survivors of sexual abuse in detention get the help they need and deserve. The organisation also works to transform the flippant and ill-informed attitudes toward prisoner rape - and toward prisoners themselves - that are obstacles to ending this violence.

JDI-SA drafted and secured the approval of the Policy to Address Sexual abuse in Department of Correctional Services (DCS) facilities - which provides a step-by-step guide on how DCS officials can prevent and respond to sexual abuse in detention. This policy paved the way for JDI-SA's ground-breaking work with prisons nationwide, which is helping to ensure that officials have the information and skills they need to protect the safety and dignity of the people in their care.

All of JDI-SA's work is informed by the experiences and wisdom of survivors of sexual abuse, who play a key role in highlighting that prisoner rape is a nationwide crisis that affects all of us.


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