In 2005, Sophia R. Johnykutty graduated summa cum laude with a degree in International Studies from University of North Texas. After graduation, she worked as a Legal Assistant at a Houston based immigration law firm for two years. She spent her free time volunteering and co-producing an immigration radio talk show on KPFT. Sophia decided to make the next step in her career and enroll in law school. Sophia spent a summer studying at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland and she also attended a course taught by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. She earned a grant from the Student Public Interest group and spent the next summer clerking at a non-profit organization dedicated to helping immigrant rights. In 2010, Sophia graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University with a J.D. She currently works for the largest leading immigration practice, Fragomen Worldwide.
Sophia is extremely thankful to be a part of the Honor's College undergraduate research course. The program enabled her to pursue her passion of immigration. Under the mentorship of Dr. Eve and Dr. Poe, she learned how to use data to gain a better understanding of human trafficking. In her 2005 TEF article, “Human Trafficking: An International Study,” she used data compiled by the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking to examine the effects of democracy, women’s civil rights, per capital GNP, and civil war on government efforts to limit human trafficking in 79 countries around the world. TEF enabled Sophia to hone her writing, research, and speaking skills. She is forever grateful for the amazing experience.
She happily lives with her husband, Max Baby, and her newborn son, John Thomas Max, in Houston, Texas.