Yohana Beyene


Yohana Beyene is a second year Masters in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and co-Chair of its Black Student Union. Prior to HKS, Yohana was a Research Associate at the Columbia University Justice Lab working on Emerging Adult Justice research initiatives, promoting developmentally appropriate criminal legal system responses for youth ages 18-25. She came to the Justice Lab after working as a Housing Advocate at HomeStart, Inc., where she worked to stabilize clients entering housing from chronic homelessness. Yohana had been an active member of Young Abolitionists, a grassroots collective in Boston providing unwavering support to members of the Boston and Greater Boston community affected by the penal system and in 2017, she co-organized the International Conference on Penal Abolition. She has also organized around affordable housing and anti-displacement campaigns in the Jamaica Plain/Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston. She currently sits on the board of Families for Justice as Healing, a nonprofit in Massachusetts working to end the incarceration and criminalization of women and girls. She is a graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelors in English Literature and a Special Concentration in Human Rights.

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