Jasmine was born and raised in Oakland, and moved to Berkeley after her birth mother served a lengthy prison sentence when she was a child. Being a child of incarcerated parents fuels her passion and commitment to dismantling the criminal system. Her work with families, specifically with children of incarcerated families, started when she was a middle school student.
When Jasmine attended UC Davis, she learned the Sociological perspective on the criminal system and the data behind it. Being invested in her community, she wanted to be a part of movements that advocated for human rights, gender and racial equity, and dismantling the injustice system. Her journey after UC Davis continued to the Iron Triangle, where her work with families supported her transition to begin working in East Oakland and discovering her newfound passion for Restorative Justice work.
Jasmine has worked with families and youth impacted by incarceration throughout Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and San Francisco County, working at Bay Area Community Resources (BACR), Community Works West, RYSE, and San Francisco Family Support Network. While at the RYSE Youth Center, Jasmine managed the First Restorative Diversion Program.
Jasmine most recently worked at a legal services agency as a Paralegal, supporting policy change/revisions and The Rising Scholars Program in the State of California, analyzing RAP sheets and filing expungements under 1203.4, Prop 47, and other terminations. She has filed hundreds of petitions, with many students having successfully granted petitions.