Cynthia Totten is the National Program Director at Just Detention International (JDI), where she leads a national training and technical assistance (TTA) program that provides TTA to state and tribal sexual assault coalitions, victim advocates, corrections officials and funding administrators across the country, ensuring that incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse have access to crisis services. She has also led projects focused on the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in the United States
A lawyer with nearly two decades of experience in human and civil rights work, Totten also advocates to bring basic international human rights standards into U.S. prisons and jails. She has contributed to JDI’s federal policy work, as well as its international work, including in South Africa’s troubled prison system. Prior to joining JDI, Cynthia was an associate at a civil rights law firm, litigating class action employment discrimination cases.
Totten holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Wellesley College; she is also an alumna of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program. She lives just outside Washington, D.C.