ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Life has not been easy for Jazmine Grajeda, 19, the third-eldest of eight children born into a Santa Fe family.
When she was 5, her mother went to prison and her father sent her to live with her grandmother. Several years later, her mother got out of prison and was able to get custody of her children again.
“But for the next eight years of my life, my parents were unable to provide me with the consistency and stability that I needed in my life,” she said.
At age 14, she says, she was kicked out of the family home. She subsequently dropped out of high school after one semester.