As Strategic Director of the Death Penalty Team, Maya Foa is responsible for overseeing the Death Penalty Team strategy and running Reprieve’s Stop the Lethal Injection Project (SLIP) and Stop Aid For Executions project (SAFE).
Maya joined reprieve in October 2010. She began as a volunteer in the Death Penalty Team, researching the source of drugs due to be used in US executions. Her work on this issue led to a successful judicial review of the UK government’s export policy in 2010, and developed into one of Reprieve’s most acclaimed projects, the Stop the Lethal Injection Project (SLIP), which has been running for three years.
Maya also runs the Stop Aid For Executions project (SAFE) which aims to prevent the death penalty for drug offences by encouraging the British and other European governments to put conditions on the financial and practical anti-narcotics aid such that it does not lead to executions for drug offences.
Maya studied French and Italian Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours in 2008. While at Reprieve, she studied Law part-time, graduating from BPP Law School with Distinction in 2012.