Jazmin Lopez was born in Mazatenango, Suchitepequez, Guatemala and migrated to the U.S. with her parents when she was just 1 year old. Her parents came to this country with the hope of giving Jazmin and her four younger siblings better opportunities than they had had. Through her parents' hard work and dedication, Jazmin was able to pursue her dreams of obtaining a college degree.
As a child, Jazmin was very eager to explore new countries, but her parents revealed to her that she is undocumented. Not knowing what it meant for her future, Jazmin went to school with the hopes of advancing her professional career and doing what her heart desires, without the preoccupation of her legal status stopping her.
Witnessing and experiencing the inequalities that undocumented immigrants faced throughout her teen years, Jazmin always felt that she didn't belong anywhere. However, this experience gave Jazmin the courage and strength to keep moving forward and fight for justice and equity for all despite the individual's identity.
Jazmin is working on her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics at Mills College in Oakland. She hopes to graduate and continue her education with law school. Even though it’s not easy to pursue a degree as an undocumented Latina, Jazmin knows it is not impossible. Jazmin is very fortunate to have grown up with her family's support, church community support, friend, and College Track's support. Many people have been there for her by being her voice and motivation to move forward. She hopes to do the same for her community in the future. She wants to be a resource to her local community and make sure their voices are heard through her legal aid.
As a DreamSF Fellow, Jazmin is placed with Oasis Legal Services, a non-profit in Berkeley, CA that helps undocumented LGBTQIA+ communities obtain legal asylum. As a paralegal, Jazmin will assist with legal documentations, interpret for clients and lawyers, and gain a better understanding of asylum law. She’s very eager to learn and hopes to continue to work with them in the future.
In her free time, she likes to go out with friends, discover new places in the Bay Area, and go to the beach with her younger siblings to look at the sunset. One day, she hopes to travel the world and enjoy the sunsets in other countries.