Sayoni Maitra

Senior Staff Attorney

Pronouns: she/her

Sayoni provides technical assistance and training to advocates and engages in strategic litigation to protect the rights of asylum seekers.

Before joining CGRS, she worked at Sanctuary for Families as a Staff Attorney in the Immigration Intervention Project, where she represented survivors of gender-based violence and mentored pro bono lawyers in asylum matters. Sayoni first joined Sanctuary as an Equal Justice Works Fellow to advance protections for individuals facing child and forced marriage though representation in asylum and other humanitarian claims, community outreach, and legislative and policy advocacy. As a law student, she interned with the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Newark Immigration Court and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Beirut, Lebanon, and participated in the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic.

Languages: Bengali, Spanish


Columbia Law School, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Managing Editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review
Staff Editor of the Columbia Journal for Gender & Law
Policy Chair, Columbia Chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project / Board Member of the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service, B.S. in Foreign Service, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Not admitted to practice law in California. Admitted to practice law in New York.

Selected Publications and Commentary