Executive Director and Immigration Attorney
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.
Daniela Montufar Soria
Legal Assistant and Community Engagement Liaison
Daniela recently graduated with honors from Trinity University with a major on International Economics and a minor in Global Politics, driven by her interest in international affairs and human rights protection. She co-authored the article Seeking Safe Haven: How the Syrian Refugee Crisis Impacts San Antonio for The Contemporary. This article offers an insight into how San Antonio has been impacted by the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and some of the actors that have made it their mission to aid the people affected by this humanitarian crisis that has surpassed borders.
During Daniela’s first year of university, the Syrian refugee crisis started to get attention from the international community. In the face of the feeling of impotence and restlessness, together with a group of three other international students, she co-founded the International Humanitarian Crisis Initiative (IHCI). IHCI exists to address the immediate needs created by humanitarian crises across the globe. IHCI seeks to raise awareness and funds to alleviate human suffering caused by crisis situations, including natural disasters and wars. IHCI builds partnerships with other groups, including campus and non-profit organizations, to maximize its global impact. The organization is driven by the conviction that every person is valuable and deserves to be treated with dignity.
During her college career Daniela took part in different internship programs with RAICES and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Following her desire to defend human rights and raise awareness, Daniela joined the Migrant Center for Human Rights. As an immigrant herself, Daniela feels strongly for people coming to the U.S in search for safety and a chance at a better life. Daniela’s knowledge of English, Spanish and French allow her to contribute to the activities at the Migrant Center for Human Rights.
Former Team Members
Community Engagement Intern
Raiya Al-Nsour is a student at the University of Virginia (UVA), studying in its honors program for political science. This past summer, she interned with the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School,where she assisted with research supporting the global impact of “From Harvard Square to the Oval Office,” a non-partisan training program which prepares future leaders to ascend in the electoral process. Currently, she is an Outreach Fellow with Resistance School, an online platform that provides online training for those new to organizing and those who want to deepen their skills.
Raiya kicked off the creation of Resistance School at UVA, and hopes to bring more universities into the Resistance School network. At UVA, she was also heavily involved in student organizing after last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Previously, Raiya was an intern with Another Kind of Girl Collective, a nonprofit in Jordan focused on equipping young Syrian women living as refugees with the artistic tools they need to share their stories.
This year, Raiya is taking time off to intern with the Migrant Center for Human Rights. She is passionate about the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers, and she looks forward to contributing to an organization that defends the dignity and wellbeing of those that come to this country.
Law Student Extern
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.