Jazmine is a manager at the Hip Hop Caucus and an entrepreneur who works to create safe spaces for America’s most vulnerable citizens.
I believe fiercely in protecting people. Being unprotected has been a theme in my life from as early as I can remember. I remember the adoption process. The foster care process. I remember constantly being in a state of vulnerability through it all. Especially when the people who became my protectors, my brothers and cousins, were imprisoned.
When I was younger, LAPD targeted my mom for being a grassroots activist. In that process, they illegally deployed Child Protective Services to take me and my brother away from her. I thought for sure she was going to get us that night.When she arrived at the office, it was the first time I had ever seen her cry. Seeing her tears let me know we weren’t going home. We were going into the system.