Sarah Margaret Wentz

Program Coordinator, Human Rights

Sarah supports the planning and implementation of all human rights program and initiatives related to gender-based violence, including domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, and harmful traditional practices.

Favorite Quote?

“What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.” ― Madeleine Albright

Where is your favorite place you have traveled?
Huarascán National Park—named for Peru’s tallest mountain—near the small city of Huaraz, Peru. The snow-covered peaks, bright turquoise glacial lakes and crystal-clear rivers, and sweeping valleys were mesmerizing. I tripped numerous times while hiking the Santa Cruz Trail because I couldn’t tear my eyes from the breathtaking landscape in order to watch my step. Totally worth it.


What is your favorite place in D.C.?
The National Arboretum in the fall.


What was the last great book you read?
“City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran” by Ramita Navai is an eye-opening work of non-fiction that reads like a dark and gritty—but ultimately hopeful—novel set in one of the world’s most isolated cities. Drawing on extensive interviews and research, Navai chronicles the lives of eight of Tehran’s residents spanning the socio-economic spectrum, from a woman forced into prostitution to a member of the Iranian elite. Through the nuances of their stories, she reveals how secrecy pervades every aspect of life in Tehran and exposes the unique challenges of living under an oppressive regime.


What do you see as one of the greatest challenges facing women leaders?
Cultural norms that perpetuate gender-inequality. Women leaders operate in a male-dominated world, governed by laws primarily written by and more often than not biased toward men. In order to become an effective leader, a woman often has to defy socially constructed gender roles and go against deeply ingrained cultural norms.