Linda McFarlane

Linda McFarlane

MSW, LCSW, Executive Director, Just Detention International (JDI)


Linda McFarlane is the Executive Director and Board Secretary of JDI, and Board Chair of JDI-South Africa, managing the organization’s US-based and international work. A licensed social worker, Ms. McFarlane has more than 30 years of experience working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Previously, Ms. McFarlane served as JDI’s Deputy Executive Director. In that role, she trained corrections officials, medical and mental health practitioners, and direct service providers in preventing and responding to sexual violence behind bars. She also worked 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 illness.