Loftin & Masri, APC draws upon the considerable immigration experience, history of community work, and professional focus on international human rights issues its attorneys possess. Partners Sarah Loftin and Karima Masri have worked and volunteered extensively in the immigration legal field. Sarah was the supervising immigration attorney for the Employee Rights Center in San Diego and then transitioned to private practice and opened the Law Office of Sarah Loftin. Similarly, Karima worked for various immigration non-profit organizations and was recognized by California Western School of Law for her outstanding pro bono legal work. Sarah and Karima worked for the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section of the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Given Sarah and Karima's similar backgrounds and shared passion for immigration law they decided to create Loftin & Masri, APC in June 2014. Under their new partnership Sarah and Karima continue to be dedicated to community building by improving access to the law regardless of immigration status. Loftin & Masri, APC teaches workshops in a variety of settings on topics including: how to obtain legal immigration status, how to assert constitutional rights if detained by immigration authorities, and updates on proposed immigration reform.
Considering the partners' years of immigration law experience, diverse backgrounds and commitment to the community, Loftin & Masri, APC is uniquely positioned to assist clients with complex immigration issues.
Free Initial Consultation
Loftin & Masri, APC strongly believes everyone should have equal access to the law, regardless of means. We offer a free initial in-person consultation to answer specific questions or to provide general information about the immigration process.
We believe in providing effective, reasonably priced legal representation. During your free initial consultation we review the unique facts of your case and provide you with a quote for services including personalized payment plan options.
(Detained and non-detained cases)
Loftin & Masri, APC is committed to community education and outreach. We understand that immigration law is complex and it is difficult to find clear, honest information about the immigration legal process. Many people without stable legal status face stress and insecurity on a daily basis and do not know what to do if immigration authorities or the police stop them. Accordingly, we offer comprehensive "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS" bilingual workshops to prepare people for these complex situations.
Loftin & Masri, APC teaches workshops at schools, community centers, non-profit organizations, churches, and individual homes. If you are interested in attending a free community workshop, call our office to find out about upcoming opportunities. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact our office and we will be happy to create a workshop tailored to your group's needs.
We regularly attend human rights conferences in different parts of the world. Please stay tuned for updates on our international activities and outreach.
Sarah was born in 1982 in Portland, Oregon. She has established a firm foundation of advocacy for immigrant rights through her diverse employment and volunteer work.
Sarah graduated from the University of Oregon in 2004 with a dual degree in history and political science. She then began working for the Federal Migrant Education program, a funding plan that provides academic and supportive services to the children of families who migrate to find work in the agricultural industries in the U.S. When Sarah observed the egregious and discriminatory employment practices and general lack of legal rights these migrant families confronted, Sarah decided to volunteer with the Portland, OR office of Legal Aid and then to attend law school.
Throughout law school, Sarah focused her energy on immigration, workers rights, and international issues. In 2007, Sarah spent a semester in Vienna, Austria as a legal intern for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Anti-Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants Unit. Sarah also worked as a research assistant for Assistant Dean James Cooper, Proyecto ACCESO, and spent two semesters as a legal intern with the Employee Rights Center. Sarah also worked as a law clerk for Gruenberg & Larabee and the Turley Law Firm.
Sarah graduated from California Western School of Law in 2008. She passed the California bar exam and became licensed to practice law in December 2008.
In January 2009, Sarah was hired by the Employee Rights Center to help expand the Center's immigration program. From January 2009 to June of 2012, Sarah supervised the immigration legal program, represented clients in diverse immigration matters, and taught community "know your rights" workshops.
In July of 2012 Sarah opened her own solo immigration practice, the Law Office of Sarah Loftin, in City Heights, San Diego. In June 2014 Sarah partnered with immigration attorney Karima Masri to create their firm Loftin & Masri APC, which focuses exclusively on immigration legal matters.
Sarah speaks Spanish fluently as a result of living and studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador and through her work with Spanish-speaking migrant families here in the U.S.
Sarah published an article on employment arbitration agreements in the Trial Bar News, October 2007. She also appeared on the Univision program "Despierta America" to discuss immigration law. Additionally, Sarah served on the board of directors for Asociacion Liderazgo Comunitario and the Continuing Education Foundation. Sarah also provides pro bono assistance to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival applicants as an attorney volunteer for the San Diego Dreamer's Assistance Network.
Sarah is in good standing and licensed to practice law in California, before the Federal District Court, Southern District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Karima was born in 1985 in California to parents from Pakistan and Mexico. Karima's multicultural background fuels her passion for human rights and inspired her to pursue a career in immigration and international law.
Karima studied at Arizona State University and graduated with dual bachelor degrees in Global Studies and Psychology in 2009. While pursuing her undergraduate degrees she was a member of Omega Phi Alpha, a national community service sorority. She also performed volunteer service for non-profit organizations including UNICEF, Ronald McDonald House, Crisis Nursery, Project Cure, and Invisible Children. In 2008 Karima interned with Oxfam Intermòn, a non-governmental organization, in Valencia, Spain. There she worked in the organization's fair trade store in the co-finance department. Additionally, she corresponded with Spanish counties in collecting data for the yearly-published book La Realidad de la Ayuda.
After these important experiences abroad, Karima decided to go to law school to study international law. While in law school, Karima interned with the Immigration Program at the Employee Rights Center and Casa Cornelia's Asylum Program. She worked on asylum cases for clients from Somalia, Ethiopia, Mexico, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Guatemala. Then in 2012, Karima traveled to Vienna, Austria to intern with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section. There she researched human trafficking cases from various countries. Karima also contributed to legal work on topics ranging from the element of consent in the Trafficking in Persons Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, victim protection provisions in the United Arab Emirates, and the newly-enacted Mexican trafficking law.
While in law school, Karima was vice-president of the Immigration Law Students Association, community liaison for the South Asian Law Students Association and an active member of La Raza Law Student Associations. Karima received her Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2013.
Karima is a native Spanish-speaker. She is also fluent in French after studying the language for several years in school.
Karima is in good standing and is licensed to practice law in the Supreme Court of California, the Southern District of California, and the Federal District Court.
Our office is conveniently located in the Bankers Hill neighborhood of San Diego near the corner of Nutmeg and Fifth Avenue across from St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral.