Mahsa Jafarian

Mahsa is a lead program planner on Vera’s End Girls’ Incarceration team, within the Center on Youth Justice. The End Girls’ Incarceration Initiative works with New York City and other jurisdictions around the country to disrupt the unique pathways that lead to the incarceration of girls and gender expansive youth. Before focusing on this body of work, Mahsa provided technical assistance to states and localities seeking to reform their status offense systems. Mahsa joined Vera with a background in direct service with young people: she designed and directed an after school program for middle and high school students in Brooklyn and worked in a juvenile detention and placement center in Vermont. Most recently, Mahsa worked for the New Orleans Mayor’s Office in developing strategies for reducing the city’s jail population. She has a bachelor’s degree in teaching and psychology from Middlebury College and a master’s in public policy from the University of Michigan’s Ford School.