Sarah Sherman-Stokes

Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes

Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Associate Director, Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Clinic

BA, cum laude, Bates College
JD, cum laude, Boston College Law School


Sarah Sherman-Stokes is a clinical associate professor at Boston University School of Law. Ms. Sherman-Stokes teaches Immigration Law and is the associate director of the Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Clinic. Her scholarship takes a critical look at immigration law and policy, including at the intersections of asylum law, detention and deportation, and immigrant surveillance, enforcement and abolition. Her recent law review articles have been published in the Denver Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Villanova Law Review and the Indiana Law Review. She regularly speaks and appears in the media on issues including asylum, detention and deportation. She has published op-eds in The Washington PostUSA TodayCognoscentiBloomberg Law and The Hill.

In 2021, Professor Sherman-Stokes was part of a team of lawyers and law school clinics awarded the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) award for Excellence in a Public Interest Project, for their work in a federal class action on behalf of 12 women subjected to non-consensual medical procedures in ICE custody at the Irwin County Detention Center. In 2020, Professor Sherman-Stokes was awarded the Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the highest teaching honor awarded by Boston University.

Professor Sherman-Stokes received her B.A. cum laudePhi Beta Kappa from Bates College and her J.D. cum laude from Boston College Law School. Previously, she was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project where she represented noncitizens in removal proceedings, with a special focus on the representation of detained immigrants with mental illness.


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  • Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes, Public Health and the Power to Exclude: Immigrant Expulsions at the Border 36 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal (2021)
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  • Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes, Third Country Deportation 53 Indiana Law Review (2020)
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  • Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes, Laila Hlass, Priya Baskaran & Allison Korn, Experiential Learning through Popular Multimedia, in The Media Method: Teaching Law with Popular Culture (Christine A. Corcos,2019)
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  • Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes, Reparations for Central American Refugees 96 Denver Law Review (2019)
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  • Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes, No Restoration, No Rehabilitation: Shadow Detention of Mentally Incompetent Noncitizens 62 Villanova Law Review (2017)
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  • Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes, Sufficiently Safeguarded?: Competency Evaluations of Mentally Ill Respondents in Removal Proceedings 67 Hastings Law Journal (2016)
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In the Media

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  • The Brink January 26, 2024

    Digital Cages: How ICE Uses Digital Surveillance to Track Migrants

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes is interviewed.
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  • BU Today November 28, 2023

    POV: What’s Next for Massachusetts’ Right to Shelter Law?

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes pens an opinion.
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  • Bloomberg Law November 16, 2023

    US Border Agency’s Data Broker Deal Masks Spy Tools, Critics Say

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes is quoted.
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  • Berkshire Eagle November 9, 2023

    Massachusetts Faces a Migrant Crisis and a Labor Shortage – Lawmakers Are Working to See If There’s a Creative Solution to Both

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes and Keith Hylton are quoted.
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  • WCVB October 15, 2023

    Cityline: Mass Migrant Crisis

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes provides commentary.
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  • Boston Globe June 23, 2023

    Titan Rescue Efforts Raise Questions about Whether Migrants Lives Are Also Worth Saving

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes coauthors an opinon.
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  • The Guardian May 26, 2023

    Revealed: The Contentious Tool US Immigration Uses to Get Your Data from Tech Firms

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes is quoted.
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  • WBUR May 9, 2023

    Being ‘Anti-immigrant’ Is Not a Winning Strategy for Biden in 2024

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes authors a piece.
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  • BU Today April 26, 2023

    Age, Inflation, Abortion, Culture Wars, and More: Issues That Will Define President Biden’s Reelection Campaign

    Sarah Sherman Stokes and Linda C. McClain provide commentary.
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  • Law360 March 1, 2023

    Border Officials Must Process Asylum-Seekers, 9th Circ. Told

    Sarah Sherman Stokes' work is referenced.
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  • Law360 February 23, 2023

    Migrants Say They Face Retaliation over Medical Abuse Claims

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes is mentioned.
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  • Cognescenti January 11, 2023

    Biden’s New Immigration Orders Look a Lot Like Trump’s

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes pens an opinon.
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  • BU Pardee Global Studies December 15, 2022

    Nolan and Sherman-Stokes Awarded CFD 2023 Seed Grant

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes is awarded a grant.
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  • Boston University News Service November 11, 2022

    Ballot Question 4 Stays in Massachusetts

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes is quoted.
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  • BU Today October 21, 2022

    Should Undocumented Immigrants Be Allowed to Get a Driver’s License?

    Sarah Sherman-Stokes is quoted.
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