Sabra Boyd

Sabra Boyd writes about exploitation and its many forms including homelessness, prison, human trafficking, tech, climate change, food, agriculture, cults, and healthcare. Sabra is an Eater contributor whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Vice, Newsweek, IndieWire, the Seattle Times, Psychology today, HuffPost, and more.
Sabra is a ghostwriter, web developer, former hospital and clinic admin, child trafficking survivor, and “retired” child actor. She lives in Seattle where she enjoys listening to the rain and writing pop songs for her dog. Sabra’s dream is to someday produce an opera about human trafficking written by and starring survivors. She also sleeps sometimes.

Current Projects

Sabra is currently working on a book about prison and labor.
She is also working on her memoir about being born on the set of the Coen brothers movie Raising Arizona to a violent mafioso father. The story is framed around testifying last year against her trafficker/dad after surviving her child actor career and homelessness as a teenager.
Photo of Sabra.


Projects in the works

Life Sentence

Sabra is working on a book about prison and labor that expands upon the investigative article written for Vice.

Charged x The End of Policing x Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration

Born a Coen Brothers Movie

Sabra is seeking an agent for her memoir about the tragicomic omen cast when she was born to a mafioso dad and a casting director stage mom on the set of the Coen Brothers movie Raising Arizona. A redemptive adventure about a former child actor who survives child trafficking and teen homelessness. When her mom kicks her out for being gay, she survives high school in a cave before joining a martial arts cult. A riches-to-rags, then back-to-riches coming of age true crime story set against the backdrop of the film and television industry of the 90s about cults, homelessness, child trafficking, and finding the place you belong.

The Glass Castle   x  Mommy Dearest  x Educated x  The Godfather
Sabra’s childhood elementary school and the tree she sat beneath to read books during recess