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As a Reporting Program Advisor, Sara conducts in-depth analysis of companies’ human rights reporting and develops the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database as a unique public resource.

Sara Blackwell

Sara Blackwell

Reporting Program Advisor | New York City

As a Reporting Program Advisor, Sara conducts in-depth analysis of companies’ human rights reporting and develops the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database as a unique public resource. The Reporting Database is designed to drive improved corporate performance on human rights by  making it easy for companies, their investors and other stakeholders to assess the quality of companies’ human rights disclosures and address any gaps.

Sara is an international human rights lawyer, admitted to practice in the US state of New York. Prior to joining Shift, Sara served as a Legal and Policy Coordinator at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), where she led public-facing advocacy, multistakeholder consultation, government advisory work, and research and analysis related to National Action Plans on business and human rights, corruption in the context of large-scale land deals, and other business and human rights policy developments in diverse national contexts. Prior to her time at ICAR, Sara worked with the Fair Labor Association, EarthRights International, the Center for International Environmental Law and Green Advocates International in Liberia.

Sara is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Human Rights Institute Associate, a Public Interest Fellow, a Senior Legal Research and Writing Fellow, Managing Editor of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, and a leader within the Georgetown human rights community. She also served as a Student Attorney with the law school's International Women's Human Rights Clinic, advocating for the protection of reproductive rights in Uganda.

Within the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, Sara serves as Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Vice Chair of the International Human Rights Committee, Vice Chair of the Young Lawyers Interest Network, and Liaison to the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice.

Prior to attending law school, Sara worked for over two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, where she lived and worked with rural agrarian communities to enhance food security and improve natural resource management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and human rights from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Sara is proficient in Bemba, a Bantu language spoken primarily in northern Zambia, and is conversant in Swahili.

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