Lovisa Stannow, MA, is the Executive Director of JDI. Ms. Stannow has spent the past two decades working in the fields of communications and international human rights. She is the former 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 served as a Press Officer for Amnesty International, following several years as a journalist in Europe and Latin America. Ms. Stannow 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.

Linda McFarlane, MSW, LCSW, is JDI's Deputy Executive Director. She has worked with survivors of sexual violence in a variety of settings throughout the last two decades. Ms. McFarlane is the former Director of Counseling Services for the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency in Long Beach, California. She has served as a counselor and advocate for children and youth in both foster care and detention. In 1995, Ms. McFarlane was instrumental in implementing a ground-breaking treatment program for mentally ill incarcerated teen girls in Detroit, Michigan. She has worked in crisis intervention with a variety of populations including survivors of domestic violence and child abuse, teens and adults living with mental illness, and people living in poverty and with

Edward Cervantes is the Program Associate for JDI. Mr. Cervantes previously served as the Assistant Director of the Harlem Intel Computer Clubhouse, a non-profit after-school program that strives to empower youth in under-served communities to explore their own ideas and potential through the use of technology. Most recently, he was the Executive Assistant to a prominent psychotherapist, speaker, and author working in the Los Angeles area. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in New York, Mr. Cervantes has studied anthropology and photography and been involved in various social justice campaigns.

Kristin Hall is the Program Development Director for JDI. She has worked with survivors of domestic and sexual violence for more than 15 years. Ms. Hall is the former Executive Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency in Long Beach, California. She has developed and facilitated trainings for law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and community advocates on the dynamics and impact of domestic and sexual violence. Most recently, Ms. Hall served as Grant Writer for A Window Between Worlds, an organization providing art workshops to battered women and children in shelters.

Darby Hickey is JDI's Policy Associate, based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining JDI she was Director of Different Avenues, a peer-led organization working to counteract and prevent HIV, violence, and discrimination. A nationally recognized speaker and trainer on transgender, HIV, and sex worker issues, Ms. Hickey also has extensive experience as a reporter and writer. She serves on the Board of Transgender Health Empowerment, a local service agency in Washington, DC.

Monica Hunt serves as Executive Assistant at JDI. Prior to joining JDI she worked at the communications department of the UCLA School of Law and in the private sector. Ms. Hunt is a graduate of UCLA and has extensive experience as a student advocate within the anti-rape, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive rights movements.

Christine Kregg is JDI’s Survivor Outreach Associate. Previously she worked as a senior research assistant for a study on parolees with mental health disorders in South Central, Los Angeles. She has engaged in research and activism to promote the human rights of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women in the United States and Ecuador. Ms. Kregg is a certified Rape Crisis Advocate and a graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Shannon May, MTS serves as JDI’s East Coast Senior Policy Associate. She previously worked as Resource Delivery Manager for the Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC). Prior to her position at OVC TTAC, Ms. May served as Director of the National Hopeline Network, a nationwide suicide prevention hotline, and was a Rape Crisis Advocate for CONTACT Delaware. She holds a Master of Theological Studies from Garrett Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University

Derek Murray serves as Program Associate at JDI. Prior to joining JDI he worked as Administrative Coordinator for a small non-profit organization serving the gay and transgender community in Hollywood and West Hollywood. Mr. Murray has extensive volunteer experience, including at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Minority AIDS Project, and Bienestar. He is a UCLA graduate and is currently pursuing a Master's of Public Administration at California State University, Northridge.

Melissa Rothstein, JD, MSW, serves as JDI's East Coast Program Director. She was a senior staff attorney and director of social work at the Office of the Appellate Defender, a public defender office in New York City. In addition to representing indigent defendants challenging their criminal convictions, she created and oversaw a social work program that assisted clients who were transitioning from prison back to the community and/or who had special needs while in prison. She also was an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University School of Social Work, where she taught legal foundations for social workers. Ms. Rothstein previously served as a Pro Se Law Clerk in the Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School, Columbia University School of Social Work, and Hampshire College.

Cynthia Totten, JD, serves as the Program Director for JDI. She previously worked as a litigator at Sprenger and Lang, PLLC in Washington, D.C. from 2000 until 2006, representing plaintiffs in civil rights class action cases. In 1999, Ms. Totten was selected as a Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow, and, in that capacity, worked in the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, in Washington, D.C. until 2000, focusing on sexual violence against women incarcerated in California state prisons. She was also formerly associated with a law firm in San Diego, California. Ms. Totten is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School.