Sarah Merchant joined Brooklyn Defender Services in February 2016 and is excited to be a part of the Family Defense Practice.
Sarah graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in May 2010 with a Masters in Policy Practice, concentrating in International Social Welfare Services to Refugees and Immigrants. During her second year, she interned at Families For Freedom. While at FFF, Sarah conducted clinic intakes and assessed next steps and relief options for undocumented immigrants facing potential deportation. She worked with community organizers in outreaching to affected immigrant communities by advocating for immigrant rights and reforming current immigration legislation.
After completing her MSW studies, Sarah joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. For over five years, she paired youth with committed volunteers who provided mentorship throughout the five boroughs. She provided on-going support, counseling, and advocacy to these matches, and specialized in working with foster care youth and youth with incarcerated parents.
Sarah received her B.A. from DePaul University in 2008, where she majored in Political Science and double minored in Peace, Conflict Resolution & Social Justice and Art History. She proudly hails from Chicago.
Sarah is honored to be part of the BDS family and supports its mission of bringing justice for parents and caregivers impacted by the child welfare system.