Sarah Betancourt

Reporter, CommonWealth

About Sarah Betancourt

Sarah Betancourt is a long-time Latina reporter in Massachusetts. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a breaking news reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, incarceration, 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 long-time Latina reporter in Massachusetts. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a breaking news reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, incarceration, 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

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

Following Lynch scandal, zoning review may not be enough

City's antiquated building rules come in for scrutiny

Lawsuit seeks to halt termination of immigrant medical care

Alleges Trump administration actions motivated by racism

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

‘Nip’ ban having an impact in Chelsea

Cause disputed, but public drunkenness and litter way down

Pepper-sprayed man accuses Northampton of racial bias

Files suit against city, police chief over 2017 incident

Advocates decry new immigration rules

They say ‘public charge’ could scare thousands from tapping needed benefits

Police group blasts Warren over Ferguson comments

Tweet at odds with Justice Department report on Michael Brown death

New rule could deny more immigrants green cards

Receipt of food stamps, Medicaid would be grounds to reject applications

Moulton soldiers on despite lack of traction

Recalls he was way behind in initial congressional bid

Bump rejects Holyoke CC bookstore privatization

College says decision will have big financial impact

Union charges Globe with unfair labor practice

Firm takes wage hike off the table, proposes severance cuts

Waltham company supplying DNA test kits to ICE

Used to verify whether families at border are biologically related