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Policy & Advocacy Director




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Sarah Labowitz is the Policy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. The policy department advocates for practical, strategic change in the areas of criminal justice reform, voting rights, immigration, LGBT rights, and reproductive freedom 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 BA in history from Grinnell College and an MA 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.