Sayoni Maitra

Senior Staff Attorney

As a Senior Staff Attorney at CGRS, 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 through representation in asylum and other humanitarian claims, community outreach, and legislative and policy advocacy. She has also 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. Sayoni received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she participated in the Human Rights Clinic and served as Managing Editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and Policy Director of the Columbia chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (now the International Refugee Assistance Project).

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