Mahsa Jafarian

Mahsa is a senior program associate on Vera's End Girls' Incarceration team. The Initiative to End Girls' Incarceration is a national effort to zero out the incarceration of youth in the girls' side of the juvenile justice system by partnering with government and community-based organizations to disrupt the unique pathways that lead girls and gender expansive youth into the system and confinement. Before focusing on this 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. More recently, she worked for the New Orleans Mayor's Office on 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.