Sarah Hoffman is a dual J.D./M.P.P. candidate at the University of North Carolina School of Law and Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. Her work with NDRN focuses on youth cross-state placement at private juvenile psychiatric facilities and prison condition issues.
Sarah’s commitment to disability rights stems from her Bipolar I Disorder diagnosis as a teenager. Her privileged access to high-quality healthcare sparked a passion for expanding access to quality care for all people regardless of their socioeconomic status. She is committed to advocating for marginalized populations, and particularly for individuals involved in the criminal justice system and those who rely on public care resources.
Prior to joining NDRN, Sarah worked with North Carolina’s P&A, Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC), the NC Department of Behavioral Health, and the Mental Health Division of the D.C. Public Defender Service. After graduation, Sarah will return to DRNC as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. Her project will aim to improve confinement conditions and treatment access for people with mental illness who are incarcerated in North Carolina.