Sarah Betancourt

Reporter, CommonWealth

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

Judge indicates he plans to release ICE detainees

Says fewer people at jail reduces risk of infection

Con sólo pistas ayudan a los hispanohablantes a llenar el formulario de seguro de desempleo

Residentes dicen que el estado debe traducir el portal de reclamos de desempleo

Judge asks for list of ICE detainees for potential release

Encourages government to freeze new Bristol detentions

‘Cheat sheet’ helps Spanish-speakers file claims 

Residents say state must translate unemployment claims portal

Undocumented workers fall through the cracks

Despite paying taxes, those not here legally ineligible for benefits

Virus notes: MBTA fare revenue off $35m in March

New lines (not those kind of lines) at grocery stores, pharmacies

Many are waiting for the cash to start flowing

Bill moving in Congress but reps say state action needed

COVID-19 cases at Bridgewater prison facility up to 10

Advocates appeal to SJC to reduce inmate population

As COVID-19 hits prisons, worry spreads

Officials, advocates differ over preparedness

Detainees at jail say they fear COVID-19 outbreak

In letter, 51 say they are packed too close together

Only 6 guards affected by ‘unauthorized memo’

Low number raises questions about author’s motivation

Corrections commissioner disavows internal memo

Says proposed ban on guard disciplinary actions was unauthorized

Federal immigration services offices to be shuttered

Move comes after attorneys, employees voice concern over crowded work space during coronavirus

Virus notes: Boston construction grinds to halt

State House closing to visitors; schools closing, meals continuing

Virus notes: Casinos closing; 1st Cape case, immigration changes

Attendees at naturalization ceremonies limited to under 25

Only 475 tested for virus so far

Baker says amount of testing to ramp up

Despite virus, business as usual at immigration courts

‘It’s a real public health issue,’ says one attorney

What’s behind the COVID-19 testing bottleneck

Baker pushes feds: ‘This is a critical issue for us’

Nursing homes to limit access to residents

To reduce coronavirus risk, visitors to be screened

Catch-22 on coronavirus tests

US limited in its capacity to confirm the disease

Ex-Souza prisoner says he was abused

Lawmakers, lawyers ask for independent probe of facility

Judge sides with inmates on attorney access

Says Souza cannot deny constitutional rights indefinitely

Report: ICE upping detainer requests in Mass.

Agency now seeks public’s help with wanted fliers