Sonya Passi (2006)

Sonya is the founder and CEO of FreeFrom, a national organisation and the first of its kind in the US to focus on long-term safety for survivors of domestic violence and their children through economic justice and financial independence. Sonya received her B.A. and M.Phil in history from Trinity College and her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law after which she worked at Morgan Stanley in NYC for two years. During her second year of law school, Sonya founded the Family Violence Appellate Project (“FVAP”) which, in less than four years, has fundamentally changed the legal landscape in California by providing, for the first time, free appellate legal services to survivors of domestic violence. In recognition of her work, Sonya has been listed in Forbes’ 2017 30 Under 30 For Law and Policy and received the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Public Service.