Jasmine Burnett is a national organizer, writer and strategist in the reproductive justice movement. She currently serves as the field director of New Voices Women of Color for Reproductive Justice where her focus is leading and expanding their work in the “Rustbelt Region,” which is home to the most politically volatile and racially conservative Northern states. She accomplishes this work through supporting Black women, women of color, and LGBTQ people of color with leadership development, policy advocacy and community organizing on issues that address health care provision, reproductive health access as well as systemic and environmental factors that impact the lives, body and labor of Black women and girls.
As a national organizer, she has organized successful grassroots campaigns in New York City through SisterSong NYC and the New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice, leading grassroots women of color coalitions and rapid response campaigns on racist billboard ads and legislation shaming Black women’s lives and reproductive decisions. As a founding member of the Trust Black Women partnership, she wrote and narrated the film, “We Always Resist: Trust Black Women,” the first film of its kind that examines the critical intersections of race, gender, class and the ways in which they exacerbate abortion stigma and limit access in the African American community. As a writer and collaborator with Echoing Ida, Jasmine’s writing centers the voices and experiences of Black women and girls leadership in their families, lives and communities and the very real and transformative impact those have on our society.
In 2012, she received the “Women of Vision” Award presented by the Ms. Foundation for Women and was also honored as a “Champion for Choice” by the New York Abortion Access Fund. Recently, she was honored by Planned Parenthood Action Fund as a “Doer” as one of their 99 Dream Keepers. Jasmine received her B.A. of History and African American Studies from Purdue University. She also completed graduate coursework at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University where she received a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Bologna in Bologna, Italy and the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa.