Director of Programs and Business Development
Sauda is an active international attorney licensed to practice in New York and Nigeria with over 13 years of experience as a prosecutor, program developer, human rights advocate, and ethics/compliance attorney. She began her career prosecuting human trafficking cases in Nigeria while facilitating public-private partnerships, negotiating MOUs, and drafting grant proposals to fund and build programs that provided medical treatment, emergency housing, education assistance and job/vocational training to human trafficking victims.
Over the years, she has served as an advocate for vulnerable groups through legal representation, public policy, and criminal justice reforms. While working as a staff and volunteer for nonprofits, she testified before the DC Council, participated in US congressional hearings as well as provided strategies and developed programs that have helped women, youth, and low wage workers. Sauda’s experience spans from an international organization and federal civil service in Africa to nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the United States with expertise in international law and anti-trafficking as well as anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance respectively. Additionally, she was recognized by the DC Government for her work as a grant review volunteer for the DC Office of Latino Affairs.
She has had the opportunity to interact with high level government officials, c-suite executives, diplomatic communities, vulnerable groups, and volunteers across these industries and continents. She received her law degree from University of Abuja and a Master of Laws (LL.M) in International and Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School.