Mahsa Jafarian

Mahsa Jafarian is a program associate with Vera’s Center on Youth Justice (CYJ). Her current projects at CYJ include designing and conducting technical assistance to states and localities seeking to reform their status offense systems; supporting the development of a citywide task force and working with city agencies in developing a plan for ending girls’ incarceration in New York City; and developing CYJ’s resources on status offense system reform. Mahsa joined CYJ with a background in direct service with youth: she designed and directed an after school program for middle and high school students in Brooklyn, NY and worked in a juvenile detention and rehabilitation center in Vermont. Most recently, Mahsa worked with the City of New Orleans in developing strategies for reducing the city’s jail population. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from Middlebury College and a master’s in public policy from the University of Michigan’s Ford School.