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Raj Jayadev

Silicon Valley De-Bug/ AC Justice Project
Executive Dir
Raj Jayadev is the founder and director of Silicon Valley De-Bug -- a community organizing, media, and social entrepreneurial collective based in San Jose, CA. De-Bug has been both a local trusted platform and a nationally recognized innovator in using media and story-telling to advance social justice campaigns lead by those directly impacted. Through De-Bug, Jayadev started a community and family organizing model called the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project – a methodology for families and communities to impact the outcome of cases of their loved ones, change the landscape of power in the courts, and stop mass incarceration. On a local level, their work is attributed to preventing over 1800 years incarceration collectively of individuals facing the court system. Jayadev calls the approach "participatory defense" and is now training organizations and public defenders on the model nationally. Through participatory defense, Jayadev also created the practice of “social biography videos” to impact sentencing and charging, which in 2014 received the Silver Heart Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for giving “voice to the voiceless” in the court system. Jayadev is a Soros Justice Fellow alumni, and is currently an Ashoka Fellow -- an international network of social entrepreneurs who are supporting him in scaling participatory defense into a new national practice. Jayadev has written for dailies across the country, and his work has been profiled in outlets such as the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and PBS. He can be reached at: raj@siliconvalleydebug.org and more can be found at acjusticeproject.org.