Maunica Sthanki brings nearly 20 years of experience in social justice and civil rights advocacy to The Raben Group. A nationally known expert on immigration law and policy, she served as counsel to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, where she provided subject matter expertise and strategic advice to members and staff in both the House and the Senate. She helped lead opposition against anti-immigrant legislative proposals while working closely with the immigrant advocacy community.
Maunica taught at Boston College Law School and the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, where she also conducted extensive research on abuse in immigrant detention. During the George W. Bush administration, she represented immigrants in detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border and provided legal orientation presentations to tens of thousands of immigrant detainees. An immigration judge once remarked in open court that if there was one word to describe Maunica it would be “tenacious.”
Growing up in Louisiana, Maunica spent hours in the public library reading old newspaper articles about the civil rights movement and civil disobedience. Her father, a former stateless Ugandan refugee, instilled in her a deep sense of patriotism that is rooted in fairness, justice, and equality.
Maunica holds a B.A. from Louisiana State University; a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin; and an LLM from the University of the District of Columbia. Fluent in Spanish and Gujarati, she is a passionate advocate with a penchant for good wine, witty banter, early morning yoga, and LSU football. Maunica lives in DC with her husband and two daughters.