Raj Jayadev is the cofounder of [https://www.siliconvalleydebug.org/ Silicon Valley De-Bug], a community organizing, advocacy, and multimedia storytelling organization based in San José, California. Since its inception in 2001, Silicon Valley De-Bug has been a platform for Silicon Valley's diverse communities to impact the political, cultural, and social landscape of the region, while also becoming a nationally recognized model for community-based justice work. For nearly fifteen years, the organization has been a platform for the least heard of Silicon Valley — youth, immigrants, low-income workers, the incarcerated — to impact the the political, cultural, and social landscape of the region. Through De-Bug, Jayadev and is colleagues also started a 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 and change the landscape of power in the courts. They call the approach "participatory defense" and are now implementing the model nationally. Jayadev is a [https://www.macfound.org/fellows/1014/ 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow] and has been an [https://www.ashoka.org/en/fellow/raj-jayadev Ashoka Fellow] and a Rosenberg Foundation Leading Edge Fellow. All three recognitions are to support De-Bug’s innovative social justice work both locally and nationally. His writing and work has appeared and been profiled in media outlets such as the New York Times, Time.com, and National Public Radio.
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