She and her family came to the United States seeking political refuge after her father anonymously co-authored a book exposing the social injustices in their home country.
Yassmin's family first moved to Phoenix before settling in Fort Wayne. When she was in the seventh grade, they moved to in Indianapolis. During her sophomore year at North Central High School, Yassmin was one of four recipients of the One Girl at a Time award. Sponsored by the Women Like Us Foundation, The One Girl at a Time program helps empower and mentor Indianapolis-area students. In 2013, she received a scholarship to accompany the foundation on a humanitarian trip to Costa Rica. This experience cemented her desire to become a doctor with Doctors Without Borders.