Sarah joined the ILRC as a Skadden Fellow in September 2019. She is based in San Francisco and focuses on the intersection of immigration status and public benefits.
Sarah earned her J.D. from Berkeley Law. As a law student, she worked at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, the East Bay Community Law Center, the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, the ILRC, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, Sarah externed at the San Francisco Immigration Court, was a Human Rights Center Fellow, and served as an Associate Editor of the California Law Review.
Before law school, Sarah completed a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), with an emphasis on immigration and the sociology of law. She also volunteered as a law clerk at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, assisting on humanitarian-based immigration cases. After UCLA, Sarah was a Law and Social Science Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, Illinois and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society at Berkeley Law, where she conducted empirical research on removal hearings and immigration judge practices. Prior to graduate school, Sarah received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and studied abroad at the Università di Bologna in Italy.
Sarah is the author or co-author of academic articles on various immigration topics, including the U.S. legalization process, immigration lawyering, and immigrants’ access to education, employment, and public benefits. Sarah speaks Spanish and Italian and is a member of the California bar.