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

Senate candidates differ somewhat on filibuster

Kennedy, Liss-Riordan have had enough; Markey less specific

Making housing a Beacon Hill priority

It’s proving hard to get issue onto the urgent to-do list

Pols seek answers on sick immigrant medical program

Pressley, Markey say Trump administration not following through on reinstatement

Suffolk County breakup with ICE a mixed bag

Immigration officials, advocates both wary of decision

Trump: No health insurance, no visa

Local experts call foul, say immigrants don't burden system, but contribute significantly

Walsh flooding the Mass. and Cass zone

Extra street workers, police being deployed to the area

Baker vape ban similar to Zohydro order

Courts ruled against Patrick attempt to ban drug’s sale

Markey, Kennedy participate at immigration roundtable

Focus on Trump administration’s cap on refugee admissions

Climate change news coverage shifts

Spate of stories explore the local angle

4 municipalities pitching T on ferry service

Lynn mayor says MBTA's rules for pilots don’t make it easy

Globe claims progress in talks; union disagrees

Sides agree on minor issues, far apart on money

Trump reverses course on immigrant medical program

Feds will act on case-by-case basis going forward

Doctors: Immigration crackdown raising health care concerns

Legislative briefing held to build support for Safe Communities Act

Trying to add some her to history

Bill would create statewide women’s rights trail

The debaters and the teacher

Warren remains above the fray as Biden takes hits

Trump officials offer few clues on reason for ending immigration program

‘If I go back to Honduras, I will die,’ 16-year-old tells congressional committee

Advocates push driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

Despite looming Baker veto, lawmakers say public would benefit

Trump administration changes course on immigrant patients

Those told to leave the country will be allowed to stay for now

Immigrant patients who stay will face deportation

Federal agencies clarify plans for ending deferral program

Legislators: Trump admin. gutting asylum process in New England

Boston agents to handle cases at southern border by phone

ICE blindsided by order ending immigrant protection

Confusion sets in over which agency is in charge after termination of medical care program

Trump gives immigrant families getting medical care 33 days to leave

Attorneys say children with cancer, epilepsy will be deported

Hampden DA behind state’s first court for young adults

Gulluni hopes intensive probation, not incarceration, will reduce recidivism

Data breaches expose no-teeth regulations

MGH disclosure latest in long string of lapses