Immigration Law Services
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA")
We can help you figure out if you or your child qualifies to request DACA.
We can help you become a citizen of the United States.
Family-based Hardship Waivers
We will help keep your family together by filing for a 601 hardship waiver.
We will help you get the necessary documentation in order to work in the United States.
Get legal representation for Deportation defense. (Detained and non-detained cases)
Victims of Trafficking ("T VISA")
If you or your loved one was a victim of human trafficking, they may be eligible for a T-Visa.
We assist unaccompanied minors navigate the complex and overwhelming legal immigration system
Petitions under the Violence Against Women Act ("VAWA")
Victims of domestic violence at the hands of U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident family members may have immigration relief available
Immigration & Criminal Record Requests & Evaluations
Understand how prior contact with law enforcement may impact your immigration case
About Karima Masriof Loftin and Masri, APC
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.
and Community Outreach
Loftin and 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.
City Heights Law Day is an annual event that several attorneys put on for the San Diego community to provide access to law information. We have attorneys specializing in all topics that do free consultations with anyone who's interested and then we have several attorneys that do presentations on various legal topics and answer questions.
Karima a guest speaker/panelist at an international colloquium in Tijuana, Mexico August of 2017. She was invited by the San Diego ACLU and the event was hosted by El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Baja California, Mexico, by the Coalicion Pro-Defensa Del Migrante, A.C., and American Friends Service Committee. It had participation from organizations in El Salvador, Mexico City, Guatemala, and Honduras, a few people from the United Nations and others. You can view a video of the entire discussion on Youtube by clicking here.