Sarah Labowitz is the policy & advocacy director of the ACLU of Texas. She leads a 15-person team that advocates and organizes for change in the areas of voting rights, criminal legal & police reform, immigration policy, and sexuality & gender equality across Texas.
Prior to joining the ACLU of Texas, Sarah served as the policy and communications director for the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department, where she worked on equity in the city’s billion-dollar recovery from Hurricane Harvey. In 2013, she co-founded the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, with a research focus on labor rights protections for low-wage workers in the global supply chain. Sarah served as a senior policy advisor in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State under Secretary Clinton, where her portfolio included internet freedom and human rights in national security policy.
Sarah holds a bachelor's degree in history from Grinnell College and a master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project and a member of the board of directors of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations. In 2012, she was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for law and policy.