Jazmín Delgado’s involvement in grassroots organizing began in 2005 when they joined antiwar efforts at their local community college in California. As an undergraduate student, they organized anti-imperialist teach-ins and mobilized against student tuition hikes in the California State University system. They moved to Philadelphia in 2012 to pursue a Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania and began providing language interpretation at New Sanctuary Movement events shortly after.
Their involvement with NSM has deepened over the years, and they began to coordinate monthly community gatherings or “convivios” for the Spanish-speaking membership as a volunteer a few months before joining the staff as Accompaniment Coordinator. While they’re not working on cases, they continue to hone their craft as a community interpreter and to write their dissertation project on the place of Central America in the nineteenth-century U.S. imperial imagination.
They are also a member of the Latinx organization Mijente and are supporting the development of the group’s national Language Justice League. Jazmín is enthusiastic about being a part of an interfaith, multilingual, and inter-generational community that embraces immigrants as whole individuals with talents, insights, and dreams.