Joyell Arvella

Baltimore, MD

Joyell Arvella, J.D. (she/her) is a racial and gender justice strategist, facilitator, womxn’s rights activist, and restorative justice practitioner. Her professional background is in education, reproductive justice, international civil and human rights law, race and equity, and transitional justice. She has worked with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon, government agencies, nonprofits, and public schools in the United States and abroad to address violence against womxn and girls, terrorism, and state sanctioned violence against people of color. 

Joyell combined her eight years of experience in education, ten years in nonprofit organizations, and seven years of social justice advocacy to create harp + sword, which uses restorative justice to advance racial and gender equity for womxn and girls of color. Additionally, Joyell serves as a board member for Community Law in Action. She is a StartingBloc Fellow NOLA'18, Johns Hopkins BNLP Fellow '19, and Baltimore Rising Leader '18.

Joyell received her B.A. in Black Studies from Washington College and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. She utilizes her legal and facilitation skills to address the intersections of race/ethnicity, equity, gender, incarceration, and sexual health.