Actress, Entrepreneur And Founder, Accion Interna Foundation
Creator of second opportunities, defender of the rights of the prison population of Colombia. Actress, entrepreneur, founder and Executive Director of the Acción Interna Foundation, appointed by the Ministry of Justice and law as Goodwill Ambassador to promote the rehabilitation and humanization of the penitentiary system (2014).
Johana studied Business Administration at CESA (Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración). In 2000, she began her acting career and she complemented her studies with courses and workshops in Bogotá, Cuba and New York. After participating in 15 TV productions and being her last starring role in the series “3 milagros”, she quit acting to dedicate her time to the prison population. In 2012 she created a theater group at the women’s penitentiary “El Buen Pastor” in Bogotá boosting her connection to the prison sector.
In 2013, she founded “Fundación Acción Interna” and has worked in 29 prisons with more tan 30.000 inmates.
Member of the Dignity Prison Committee, part of the Ministry of Justice and Law (2013).
Creator of the I, II and III National festival of Prison Theatre, where 18 prisons have participated.
Organizer of the first TEDx in a Latin American prison (TEDx Buen Pastor ‘ How to turn mistakes into opportunities).
Co-founder of Casa Libertad, a place for second opportunities for ex convicted population. (2015)
Founder and creator of Interno, the first restaurant in the world open to public in a women prison.
She has participated as speaker at important international events such as the Women’s Forum for Society and Economy in Deauville, France and Sao Paulo (2014), the True North Woman in Guanajuato, Mexico (2015), Tedx Mujeres Bogotá, Demand Solution in Miami.
In 2018 she started working in juvenile detention centers.