Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice
Sarah Plastino joined BDS in 2016 as an immigration attorney in the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP). Sarah’s longstanding interest in removal defense and detention advocacy dates back to 2008, when she was a legal assistant at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, in Florence, Arizona. Her experience there serving immigrants detained at Eloy Detention Center motivated her to become an attorney.
In 2012, Sarah graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. During law school, Sarah interned in the U.S. Protection Unit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and participated in the Center for Applied Legal Studies (Immigration Clinic).
Sarah then joined the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago as a Staff Attorney in the LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative. There, she represented LGBT clients through all aspects of their immigration claims and advocated on issues affecting LGBT immigrants. Next, and immediately prior to joining BDS, Sarah spent three years in the Newark, New Jersey office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), as the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, and later, the Supervising Attorney. At KIND, Sarah directed all aspects of KIND’s work in New Jersey, including supervising all legal work, advocating for the protection of unaccompanied children both locally and nationally, and engaging in impact litigation.
Sarah graduated cum laude in 2007 from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in International Studies and Public Policy Analysis. She is admitted to practice law in New York. She is originally from Philadelphia.