1. Home
  2. Insights

B.S.ing with Sonya Passi

Sonya Passi’s fierce advocacy to raise awareness of gender-based violence began when she was a teenager in the UK. Thinking she wanted to become a human rights lawyer, she went to Berkeley Law where she started her first nonprofit. In this episode of BS: beyond Stereotypes, Sonya discusses her activist work and its evolution to today. She also shares her personal journey as a lesbian woman choosing love over the traditional cultural expectations of her parents.

B.S.: Beyond Stereotypes · BSing with Sonya Passi

Sonya Passi has been an anti-violence activist since she was 16 years old. During high school, she started an Amnesty International Community Group and, while working on their global violence against women campaign, discovered her life’s work. 

Before founding FreeFrom, she launched the Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) while earning her law degree at UC Berkeley. Based in Oakland, California, FVAP is the first and only organization in California to provide pro bono appellate legal services to survivors of intimate partner violence and has fundamentally transformed the legal landscape in California. 

For her work in the field, Sonya was listed in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 For Law and Policy and is an Ashoka, Roddenberry, Draper Richards Kaplan and New America California fellow.

Sonya lives in Los Angeles with her wife. When she’s not at the beach, she loves solving puzzles, hosting brunches and dinner parties, writing letters, collecting stationery, sending care packages, and helping her friends and loved ones start and grow their creative ventures. 

FreeFrom: https://www.freefrom.org/

CHANI App: https://app.chani.com/

If you enjoyed this episode of “B.S.: Beyond Stereotypes”, make sure you listen and subscribe on SoundCloudGoogle PodcastsiTunesiHeartRadio, Amazon Music, Spotify, and TuneIn and be the first to know about future episodes.

No More Results