If/When/How’s Quick Question series highlights the work of our Reproductive Justice Fellows, introducing our network to the incredible advocates who are dedicating their lives to the movement to lawyer for reproductive justice. We’re so proud of the work they’re doing at placement organizations across the country to ensure that everyone has the ability to safely decide if, when, and how to create and sustain their families, and to actualize sexual and reproductive wellbeing on their own terms. But we can’t support them without you: Please donate $10 to help us give aspiring and new lawyers the resources they need to thrive. And if you can’t give — share!
We asked Jasmine to tell us a little about herself as she prepares to begin her Reproductive Justice Fellowship year at Advocates for Youth in Washington, D.C. this fall.
If/When/How: Who are you, and where are you from?
Jasmine Yunus: My full name is Jasmine Lily Yunus. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I grew up in Memphis, TN. I’ll always be a proud Memphian — but I have been living in Washington, D.C. for the past eight years for college and law school.
If/When/How: What drew you to reproductive justice?
JY: I was drawn to reproductive justice because of its underlying intersectional framework and the emphasis on centering the voices of those most impacted. In other areas of the law, I often feel like it ends up being people speaking for others. Reproductive justice honors all voices and works to uplift those voices with a value on community and coalition-building. Additionally, as a child of immigrant physicians, I grew up with an intrinsic appreciation for accessible and affordable health care access for all, and as I grew older I recognized the importance of ensuring that reproductive healthcare specifically is not siloed or attacked.
If/When/How: When you are not lawyering, what do you get up to?
JY: When I’m not lawyering, I enjoy spending time with my dog (Twiggy), trying new restaurants, traveling, doing yoga, and going to concerts.
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