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Jasmine Wali

Advocacy Officer

Jasmine Wali is a policy advocate, writer, and organizer committed to divesting from large-scale systems of harm and investing directly in families and communities. She has been a policy consultant for national drug policy, children’s rights, anti-gender-based violence, movement-building organizations, and New York City healthcare institutions. Previously, she worked on initiatives in three states to limit the scope of child welfare mandated reporting and co-led writing and implementing a “Mandated Supporting” curriculum for social work students.

Jasmine has been instrumental in scaling up the capacity of grassroots organizations working towards abolishing family policing. She co-led several New York State legislative and power-building campaigns to narrow forms of entry into the foster system, including the Informed Consent campaign, the Child and Family Wellbeing Fund, Family Miranda Rights, and more.

Jasmine has written about family policing for The Boston Globe, The Nation, CUNY Law Review, Columbia Social Work Review, and CUNY Theory, Research, and Action in Urban Education Journal and is a regular guest lecturer at law and social work schools.  She has also been a featured speaker in Congressional briefings, at the New York State and New York City chapters of the National Association of Social Workers, George Washington University’s Center for Community Resilience, New York City Bar Association, Barnard Center for Research on Women, Black Maternal Health Conference, and Law 4 Black Lives.

Jasmine received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Fisher Cummings Fellowship to research policies impacting unaccompanied youth at the Southern border and buyers of commercially sexually exploited children at the federal Office of Trafficking in Persons. Outside of work, she organizes with Survived and Punished California and is a co-convener of the Mandated Reporters Against Mandated Reporting organizing space.

Jasmine Wali
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