Sarah Tarshis

Master of Social Work, New York University

Bachelor of Arts, McGill University

Research Interests: violence against women and children, workforce development, vocational training, anti-poverty work, community based organizing, social justice practices in social work

Sarah Tarshis is a social worker with several years of experience in the health and human service sector. Committed to the work of social justice, working with survivors of domestic violence, immigrant and refugee populations, Sarah is dedicated to field of human rights, specifically on women’s empowerment, anti-violence and anti-poverty work. Sarah recently left her position as Deputy Director of Economic Empowerment Programs at Sanctuary for Families, the leading nonprofit in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children to pursue her doctorate at the University of Toronto.

Her research interests include labour trends among marginalized populations and pathways to living wage employment for low-income, immigrant women and their families. Specifically, her work has focused on workforce development programs tailored to the needs of domestic violence survivors and combining clinical interventions with a vocational approach to anti-poverty work to heal and empower clients.

Sarah was also a founding member and organizer of RISE, a grassroots collective of social workers and activists in NYC and organized social justice conferences, events and trainings for the community from 2009-2011. She also served as Co-Chair for the Domestic Violence Economic Justice (DVEJ) Task Force Workforce Development Working Group committed to creating responses and programming to help survivors of domestic violence make the transition from welfare to work, looking at issues around career development for survivors.

Sarah is the recipient of several awards and honors and in 2012 she received the Outstanding Recent Alumna Award in 2012 from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. She also received the Outstanding Student Group Award 2010 for her work with RISE and in 2012 the Social Work Image Award from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) also for RISE.

Sarah has worked for several international and community based organizations in New York City and Montreal. She was born in Montreal, Quebec and earned her BA from McGill and her MSW at NYU. She now lives in Toronto but frequently visits New York City.