Saúl Sarabia focuses on community-based social justice advocacy, strategizing with community residents to include their voice in law-making and public policy reform. Since graduating from UCLA Law in 1996, his efforts have ranged from documenting human rights violations in Central American countries to community organizing with poor people on welfare and the foster care system in South Los Angeles.
Sarabia teaches Critical Race Theory and Latinos/as and the Law. He served as Academic Administrator of the Critical Race Studies Specialization at UCLA Law School from 2005 to 2012, and before that he was Program Director of the Institute for Social Change Across Borders with the UCLA Center for the Study of Urban Poverty from 2003-2005. He currently serves as an advisor to the Los Angeles chapter of “All of Us or None,” which organizes formerly incarcerated people to change laws and policies that discriminate against them. Sarabia also serves on the Board of Directors of two tax-exempt organizations dedicated to ending discrimination against socially disfavored groups and promoting social justice: Binational Center for the Development of Oaxacan Indigenous Communities (an organization of Mexican Indians committed to social justice), and California Community Foundation’s Marco Firebaugh Dream Fund, a scholarship fund for law students who are categorically ineligible for financial aid, such as undocumented immigrants. Sarabia was also a member of the Board of Directors of Honor Fund (an organization seeking to end discrimination against LGBT Latinas/os) from 2010-2011, and he currently serves as a member of the Community Institutional Review Board, Special Services for Groups.
Sarabia received his B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and with College Honors. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including recently, a Community Champion Award from a New Way of Life Re-entry Project.