Sayoni Maitra is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS). 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 engaging in community outreach and legislative/policy advocacy on child and forced marriage issues. She received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was Managing Editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and Policy Chair of the Columbia chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (now International Refugee Assistance Project). As a law student, she previously interned with the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Newark Immigration Court and the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lebanon. Sayoni is admitted to practice in New York.