STAFF & BOARD


Michael Amherst, Program Director
Carolina Aparicio, Program Officer
Leelyn Aquino, Operations Manager
Chris Daley, Deputy Executive Director
Nicole de la Torre, Program Officer
Robert W. Dumond, Senior Program Director
Sasha Gear, Program Director
Kristin Hall, Deputy Executive Director
Vivian Jojola, Program Director
Christine Kregg, Program Director
Jesse Lerner-Kinglake, Senior Communications Officer
Desiree Magsombol, Program Officer
Linda McFarlane, Deputy Executive Director
Prince Nare, Program Officer
Boafoa Offei-Darko, Development Assistant
Boa Smith, Program Assistant
Lovisa Stannow, Executive Director
Cynthia Totten, Senior Program Director
Kamilah Willingham, Program Assistant


Michael Amherst is a Program Director who leads JDI’s work in the UK. Michael has worked as a researcher in the UK Parliament and serves on the boards of several charities, including Avonbrook Projects Abroad, which he founded in 2007. In 2010, Michael contributed to The Stern Review, which reported to the UK parliament on the legal response to reports of rape and sexual assault. In 2012, he joined the Howard League's Commission on Sex in Prisons. Michael served on JDI’s Board prior to joining the staff in 2014.
mamherst@justdetention.org
Carolina Aparicio
Carolina Aparicio is a Program Officer at JDI. She works on several domestic projects, assisting with training and providing technical assistance to corrections officials and advocates across the country. Carolina also manages JDI’s multimedia projects, including website content and videos, and supports JDI’s media relations, donor development, and online campaigns. Prior to joining JDI, she worked as Communications Specialist for the Program for Torture Victims. Carolina has also worked on issues related to immigrants’ and workers' rights. Carolina is bilingual in English and Spanish and is a certified rape crisis counselor.
caparicio@justdetention.org
Carolina Aparicio
Leelyn Aquino, MPA, is JDI’s Operations Manager. 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.
laquino@justdetention.org
Leelyn Aquino
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.
cdaley@justdetention.org
Chris Daley
Nicole de la Torre is a 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.
ndelatorre@justdetention.org
Nicole de la Torre
Robert W. Dumond, LCMHC, CCMHC, Diplomate CFC, is a Senior Program Director at JDI. Bob manages JDI’s project with a Nebraska corrections agency to ensure that it reaches full PREA compliance. The author of numerous articles on incarceration and mental health, Bob consulted for JDI on many initiatives before joining the staff in July 2013. In 2002, he testified in support of PREA before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and served as a national expert for a number of federal agencies, including the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. A licensed clinical mental health counselor, Robert has more than forty years of experience in the field of mental health and criminal justice, including 15 years working for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.
rdumond@justdetention.org
Chris Daley
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.
sgear@justdetention.org
Sasha Gear
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.
khall@justdetention.org
Kristin Hall
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.
vjojola@justdetention.org
Vivian Jojola
Christine Kregg is a Program Director at JDI. She works on several domestic projects to ensure inmate safety and to help facilities implement the PREA standards. Since joining JDI in 2007, Christine has provided support, information, and referrals to thousands of prisoner rape survivors and their loved ones. Her expertise includes providing training for corrections officials and community service providers, launching inmate counseling and peer education programs, conducting policy analysis, and mobilizing sexual assault response teams in prisons and jails. Christine is bilingual in English and Spanish and is a certified rape crisis counselor.
ckregg@justdetention.org
Christine Kregg
Jesse Lerner-Kinglake, MA, is JDI’s Senior Communications Officer. 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.
jkinglake@justdetention.org
Jesse Lerner-Kinglake
Desiree Magsombol, JD, is a 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.
dmagsombol@justdetention.org
Desiree Magsombol
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 programs 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.
lmcfarlane@justdetention.org
Linda McFarlane
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.
pnare@justdetention.org
Boafoa Offei-Darko
Boafoa Offei-Darko is JDI’s Development Assistant. 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.
bdarko@justdetention.org
Boafoa Offei-Darko
Boa Smith is a Program Assistant 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.
bsmith@justdetention.org
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.
lstannow@justdetention.org
Lovisa Stannow
Cynthia Totten, Esq, is a Senior Program Director at JDI’s Washington, D.C., office. She provides training and technical assistance for corrections agencies around the country, supporting their implementation of the PREA standards. 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 more than a decade of experience in human and civil rights advocacy, Cynthia previously represented plaintiffs in employment class action lawsuits.
ctotten@justdetention.org
Cynthia Totten
Kamilah Willingham, JD, is a Program Assistant at JDI. She provides support to the domestic program and survivor outreach teams. Before joining JDI, she worked as an advocate and as a student attorney for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through Harvard Law School’s Family Law and Gender Violence clinics. She has also worked as a teaching fellow at Harvard University’s Department of Sociology, and has conducted research on human rights, social justice, and gender equality. Kamilah is a certified rape crisis counselor.
kwillingham@justdetention.org
Cynthia Totten