Sarah Betancourt

Reporter, CommonWealth magazine

About Sarah Betancourt

Sarah Betancourt is a bilingual journalist reporting across New England. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, social justice, and health policy for outlets like NBC, The Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, and the New York Law Journal. Sarah has reported stories such as a national look at teacher shortages, how databases are used by police departments to procure information on immigrants, and uncovered the spread of an infectious disease in children at a family detention center. She has covered the State House, local and national politics, crime and general assignment.

Sarah received a 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for her role in the ProPublica/NPR story, “They Got Hurt at Work and Then They Got Deported,” which explored how Florida employers and insurance companies were getting out of paying workers compensation benefits by using a state law to ensure injured undocumented workers were arrested or deported. Sarah attended Emerson College for a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Communication, and Columbia University for a fellowship and Master’s degree with the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

About Sarah Betancourt

Sarah Betancourt is a bilingual journalist reporting across New England. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, social justice, and health policy for outlets like NBC, The Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, and the New York Law Journal. Sarah has reported stories such as a national look at teacher shortages, how databases are used by police departments to procure information on immigrants, and uncovered the spread of an infectious disease in children at a family detention center. She has covered the State House, local and national politics, crime and general assignment.

Sarah received a 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for her role in the ProPublica/NPR story, “They Got Hurt at Work and Then They Got Deported,” which explored how Florida employers and insurance companies were getting out of paying workers compensation benefits by using a state law to ensure injured undocumented workers were arrested or deported. Sarah attended Emerson College for a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Communication, and Columbia University for a fellowship and Master’s degree with the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

Stories by Sarah Betancourt

Healey vs. Trump

AG says her 44 suits haven’t detracted from in-state work; staff just working harder

Embedded AG fellows raise concerns

Bloomberg nonprofit pays salaries of lawyers working for Dem AGs

Boston doctors seek different approach to gun violence

New center will bring public health approach to problem

US House passes DREAM Act

Effort faces significant hurdles in Senate

GateHouse keeps cutting

Worcester publication is down to just one staffer

Markey slams Trump ‘stealth attack’ on immigrants

Senator says report documents tactics of the president

Rollins, ICE make nice

Suffolk County DA: Lawsuit on courthouse arrests continuing

Judge turns down plea deal from US attorney

Lawyer: Joseph rejected offer because she’s not guilty

Trump immigration plan pits skilled workers against laborers

Prioritizes merit-based immigration, doesn’t mention ‘divisive’ DACA

For Mashpee Wampanoag, land rights, casino back on the table

Keating says fate of native social programs tied to bill becoming law

ICE claims right to detain immigrants in Mass. courthouses

Warns that ‘dangerous aliens’ are being released to the streets

Trump tweet stalls Wampanoag bill

Keating accuses president of doing lobbyist favor

Judge suggests State Police overtime conspiracy

Puts sentencing on hold while seeking more information

Ryan: Feds wouldn’t budge on court house visits

Says she reached out to US immigration officials 12 times

Middlesex and Suffolk DAs sue ICE

Top state prosecutors want federal agents out of courthouses

Fallen firefighter’s story highlights chemical fears

Bill banning flame retardants vetoed by Baker and has been refiled

Commuters weary of road and transit problems

Poll says voters support new funding to address challenges

Biden, other pols rally around Stop & Shop workers

Former VP calls what company is doing ‘morally wrong’

Bills bar non-consensual pelvic exams under anesthesia

Rep. Provost calls the procedure a ‘creepy practice’

Markey, Trahan file pipeline safety bill

Legislation named after 18-year-old Lawrence victim

Veep’s Massachusetts connection

Lesser tries to keep the HBO scripts real

Gender pay gap hits Latina women hard

Legal and legislative efforts are being made to stem wage chasm

Immigrant voices on immigration reform

Path to citizenship ultimate goal for many

Boston stumbles on pot shop ordinance

Finding a way to have 2 pot shops within a half mile of each other