Founder and Executive Director Sara Ramey has over five years of experience representing immigrants, primarily detained asylum seekers, including as a Staff Attorney at the non-profit NGO’s ProBAR (South Texas Pro Bono Representation Project) and RAICES (Refugee Center for Education and Legal Services). Sara has won approximately 35 asylum cases (including appeals at the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit), as well as VAWA, U-visa, DACA, adjustment of status, consular processing, TPS, citizenship, and termination and administrative closure cases.
Sara has dedicated her life to protecting and promoting the human rights of all people. She has worked for Amnesty International in Sydney, Australia and Asuncion, Paraguay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, D.C., the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), and the American Friends Service Committee, among others. She has a JD from the Washington College of Law, American University, and a Bachelor’s in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound. She speaks Spanish and French.
Law Student and Extern Lorena Garza has two years of experience working with unaccompanied minor refugees as a case manager with the Non-Profit Organization Southwest Key Programs. Lorena has worked on the reunification process for unaccompanied children and has worked with the Office of Refugee Resettlement to reunify refugee children with friends and family all around the United States. She believes all individuals should be presented with every opportunity available to them and that every individual be treated humanely and with respect.
Lorena started St. Mary’s University School of Law in August 2017 and has worked with the Texas Law Help Organization as a pro-bono volunteer. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Lorena believes immigrant individuals should know and be informed about their rights under the law, should be allowed access to effective counsel and should be treated fairly and with respect throughout their proceedings. She speaks English and Spanish.