As a Legal Fellow with Partners in Justice International, Ms. Manilow primarily conducts factual and legal research relating to situations where PJI works, or is considering working, and assists in providing support to local practitioners and survivors of human rights violations seeking accountability for grave crimes in their own countries’ courts.
A recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame law school, Maya is just starting her legal career and aspires to work in international human rights and criminal law, specifically, to help seek justice for survivors of international crimes and hold perpetrators accountable. Before pursuing a career in the law, Maya spent time in theatre and journalism. Since entering law school she had the opportunity to intern with the Victim Rights Center of Connecticut and Terrence Johnson, Esq.
At the Victim Rights Center, Maya conducted legal research for and gained mentorship from legal practitioners providing pro-bono, trauma-centered legal services to victims of sexual violence, adolescent abuse, LGBTQIA hate crimes, stalking, and homicide.
With Terrence Johnson, Maya drafted portions of an appellate brief to fight for the right of a survivor of childhood sexual abuse to share her story and name her abuser. The brief argues that a confidentiality clause in a settlement agreement between the survivor and her abuser is unenforceable as it is against Illinois public policy and is substantively unconscionable.
Maya also studied with a program in The Hague during the summer of 2021, where she had the opportunity to learn from leading international criminal law and counterterrorism practitioners and experts.
- University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. 2023
- Brown University, B.A., 2017