Jasmin Mara López is a journalist, audio producer, and documentary filmmaker based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in the U.S. with familial roots in México, her childhood was affected by issues experienced on both sides of the U.S.- México border. This instilled in her a strong passion for immigrant rights, youth empowerment, and social change.
In 2007, Jasmin founded Project Luz, a non-profit initiative that empowers youth to share stories within their communities utilizing audio and photojournalism techniques. She was then recruited by USC Annenberg’s Civic Engagement and Journalism Initiative to coordinate a program that trained immigrant youth in journalistic ethics and practice. She received the Society of Professional Journalists’ Excellence in Journalism Award for her documentary Deadly Divide: Migrant Death on the Border, and has garnered support for her film Silent Beauty from organizations like The New Orleans Film Society, The Ragdale Foundation, UnionDocs, The Southern Documentary Fund, Third Coast International Audio Festival, Chemistry, DocsMX, DOC NYC, Tribeca Film Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and Black Public Media.
Jasmin is currently working on Silent Beauty, an experimental documentary film about her family’s history with child sexual abuse and their culture of silence. She is simultaneously developing an installation with the voices of dozens of survivors to accompany the film.
Clients and collaborations: Audible, Al Jazeera, Crooked Media, Gimlet Media, Hechinger Report, El Tecolote Newspaper, Immigrant Defense Project/Indefensible Podcast, KALW, KCRW’s Sonic Trace, KPCC, KPFA's Cronicas de la Raza, KQED’s The California Report, KUSP, Marketplace, Marvel, Monocle Radio, Newsdesk.org, North Carolina Public Radio, NPR’s Latino USA, Scalawag Magazine, Southern Poverty Law Center, The Times-Picayune, Voice of Witness, and WWNO.