Christine is a Senior Staff Attorney and the Managing Attorney of CGRS-California. Previously, she co-taught and supervised the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic at UC Hastings as the Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Harley & Oberman Foundation Clinical Teaching Fellow. Before joining CGRS, Christine served as the Legal Director of Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre and co-taught refugee legal assistance clinics at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to her time in Hong Kong, she represented clients at an immigration law firm in San Francisco. Through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, Christine began her legal career as a Judicial Law Clerk/Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, at the Los Angeles Immigration Court. Christine received her J.D. from American University and her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Sayoni is a Staff Attorney at 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 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). She is admitted to practice in New York and speaks Bengali and Spanish