Sarah Labowitz is a human rights researcher and advocate with experience working in government, and the non-profit, academic, and business sectors. She now heads communications and policy for the City of Houston's Housing and Community Development Department.
In 2013, she co-founded the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, where she also taught undergraduate business ethics. Prior to joining Stern, Sarah served as a policy adviser on democracy, human rights, and cyber issues at the U.S. Department of State. From 2009 to 2013, her portfolio included internet freedom, security assistance to Bahrain and Egypt after the Arab Spring, business and human rights, and human rights in Haiti.
She has traveled extensively as a researcher and diplomat. On behalf of the State Department, she traveled to Austria, Bahrain, China, Egypt, France, Haiti, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK. She made six research trips to Bangladesh, and has conducted human rights research in India, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, and Thailand.
Sarah is a graduate of Grinnell College and the Fletcher School at Tufts, with an MA in international relations. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of the Truman National Security Project. In 2012, she was named to Forbes' first "30 Under 30" list for law and policy.
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