Born on the Lower East Side, Jasmin has been in the community for three generations. Her story is the story that many in Assembly District 65 can relate to. Her grandparents migrated from Puerto Rico for better opportunities in housing, employment, education and healthcare. They made their home on Willet Street in 1959, in one of the buildings located at the SPURA site. After the building was demolished, they found shelter on Orchard Street until the landlord burned the building to collect on the insurance. It was then that they found their home in NYCHA-Baruch Houses, where Jasmin was born and raised.
Jasmin attended the local public schools such as PS 142, JHS 22 and LES Prep. She attended Grand Street Settlement and Henry Street Settlement and worked at both after college. Her first job was at the bakery on Columbia Street, followed by becoming a group leader at the Boy's Club of New York on Pitt Street. Jasmin earned her General Equivalency Diploma (GED) in 1999 after leaving high school to work and help support her family. She then attended the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Stony Brook University and is currently a senior at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, majoring in Labor Studies.
Jasmin Sanchez is a candidate for New York Assembly District 65, which represents the following Lower Manhattan neighborhoods: the Lower East Side, Two Bridges, South Street Seaport, Chinatown, Financial District and Battery Park City.
Before Jasmin decided to run for public office, she dedicated over two decades in community organizing, advocacy and leadership development. She has organized, protested, lobbied, and drafted legislation to achieve a more just New York. This was done by working with neighbors to fight for their legal rights to live in dignified housing to representing tenants in housing court for repairs and against evictions to demanding an equitable resiliency plan that addresses climate change to working with the No New Jails movement to fight against the development of jails in our community to organizing for worker's rights to advocating with government leaders for more aid and resources for small businesses in our community.
Jasmin has been at the forefront of campaigns for social justice in New York for years.