Sarah St.Vincent is a researcher and advocate on national security, surveillance, and domestic law enforcement for the US Program. Before joining Human Rights Watch, she worked as a legal fellow on international human rights and surveillance at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where she promoted reforms to surveillance laws in the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union. In addition to conducting policy and legal analysis, including in European Court of Human Rights cases, she led a national coalition to reform the US laws that underpin several large-scale communications surveillance programs.
Prior to her time at CDT, St.Vincent was a Skadden Fellow at the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE) Centre in London, where she provided legal advice and representation to vulnerable immigrant women whose rights under EU law or the European Convention on Human Rights had been violated. She also served as a short-term clerk (university trainee) for two judges at the International Court of Justice.
St.Vincent holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review. She also earned a bachelor’s degree at Swarthmore College and a master’s degree in East Asian studies at Harvard University. She is a member of the New York bar.