class of 2012; b.a., rutgers university
Sarah Sherman-Stokes ’11 is a detention attorney with the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) in Boston and an Equal Justice Works fellow. She represents young refugees who have been detained in the immigration system and are facing deportation, which often separates them from their families.
Sarah first met Professor Dan Kanstroom as a volunteer in the Boston College immigration clinic. He encouraged her to come to law school, where she worked with him helping victims of the New Bedford factory raids and the Haitian earthquake, and met another trusted advisor, clinical faculty member Laura Murray-Tjan. The clinics in BC Law’s Human Rights Program allowed her to interact directly with clients, to get to know them as people and not just as legal facts or legal theories or a particular case study in a class.
During Sarah's three years at BC, Professor Kanstroom advised her on what courses to take and the best summer internships to pursue, and gave her the right contacts in the legal immigration community. He helped her land the fellowship that brought her to PAIR and remains one of her sounding boards as she builds a rewarding career.