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

House rejects Baker’s abortion amendment

Governor refuses to say whether he’ll issue veto

Healey pushes to block immigrant detention at jail

Hodgson cites AG’s ‘pro-illegal immigrant agenda’

Healey: Civil rights of ICE detainees violated

Report assesses violent confrontation at Bristol County Jail

Senate bill would aid crime victims and witnesses with visas  

Legislation would help undocumented immigrants secure needed documentation 

Housing assistance funds trickling out

Tenant advocates demanding meeting with administration say slow pace could increase evictions

Prisoners get high priority for vaccine

Advocates hail decision but continue to press for releases

Vaccine to roll out in 3 phases; no cost for shots

Tentative goal is ‘herd immunity’ in 6 to 9 months

Baker takes the state back a step

Worried about health care system being swamped

Boys & Girls Clubs become remote learning centers

Lesser seeks $2.2 million to help fund their efforts

MCI-Norfolk prisoner in his 80s dies of COVID-19

Inmate had previously tested negative early last month

DOC: Few prisoners would qualify for home confinement

Estimates 20 to 25 inmates of 6,700 would be released at a time during pandemic

Police reform milestones and missed opportunities

Many issues are shunted off to commissions, committees

Compromise police reform bill reported out

Bill punts issue of qualified police immunity to commission

Elite artists face challenges on green cards

How do you prove ‘extraordinary ability’ during pandemic?

Out-of-pocket COVID-19 test costs piling up

Get tested is the mantra, but it’s not always free

Baker says fraud rampant with unemployment insurance

Only 1,000 of 31,000 claims passed screening last week

Should all life sentences be reviewed?

Vacated conviction, $3.1m settlement raise issue anew