Marcela Jofré is the Project Assistant for the Human Rights and Justice Team at Harm Reduction International (HRI), providing support to the team’s different projects.
Marcela is a criminal lawyer with over four years of experience in criminal and strategic litigation in Chile.
Prior to joining HRI, she sat on the Board of Directors of LEASUR NGO, a Chilean organisation that campaigns for rights of people in prison and fights to end the carceral system as a way to solve social problems. From 2014-2018, Marcela worked as a legal adviser and human rights representative at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Chile.
For three years, Marcela volunteered with LEASUR NGO, reporting on prison conditions, campaigning for the right to vote for people in prison and making a legal proposal to the constitutional convention for the constitutional recognition of rights of people in prison. She is a member of the Red de Cabildos Penitenciarios, a collective working to elevate the voices of people in prison within conversations on Chilean constitutional reform. She has also contributed to challenging immigration detention as a caseworker and policy researcher volunteer at Bail for Immigration Detainees in the UK.
Marcela is deeply involved in racial capitalism struggles, abolitionism theories and the anti-carceral movement.
Marcela holds an MSc in Human Rights and Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.