Arya is a Training and Legal Support Attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, where she provides technical assistance and trainings to CLINIC affiliate agencies around the country. Prior to joining CLINIC, she was most recently an asylum officer at the San Francisco Asylum Office, where she trained new asylum officers and interviewed and adjudicated asylum cases. She has also represented immigrants and asylum seekers in removal proceedings and before USCIS as a staff attorney at HIAS, Human Rights First and in private practice. She was a staff attorney in the immigration and asylum section at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for four years .
Arya has worked in various UNHCR field offices in Africa and the Middle East as a protection and resettlement consultant. She is a 1999 graduate of Penn State Law School and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin. She speaks French and Spanish.