Sara recently received her J.D from Berkeley Law and joins the Communities team through Berkeley’s Public Interest Fellowship. During law school, Sara spent three semesters with the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Her projects included working with stakeholders and communities in San Francisco to address anti-Black police violence through transitional justice mechanisms; drafting an amicus brief for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to protect human rights defenders from state surveillance; and supporting civil society organizations in Mexico seeking justice for a decade-old massacre of migrants. In addition to human rights law, Sara enjoyed leading an environmental justice student organization, facilitating pro bono projects in Fresno and the East Bay, and deepening her academic focus on postcolonial and critical race theory. During her law school summers she interned with local organizations addressing housing, disability justice, and environmental justice issues.
She graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in philosophy, and spent time working in rural Nicaragua, then as a barista and line cook in Philadelphia, until an environmental justice film festival in Colombia convinced her to apply to law school. Now based in Oakland, she loves cooking, spending time outdoors, and getting excited about art with friends.