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    Step Forward Foundation is a
    non-profit organization providing
    specialized legal services to
    low income communities.
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    Source: domesticviolencestatistics.org
    Domestic violence is the
    leading cause of injury to
    women—more than car accidents,
    muggings, and rapes combined.
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    Domestic Violence doesn't only happen to adults.
    40% of girls age 14 - 17 report
    knowing someone their age who
    has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.

    1 in 5 female high school students
    reports being physically or sexually
    abused by a dating partner.
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    Source: Rainn.org, DOJ National Crime Victimization Survey
    There are an average of 237,868
    victims of rape and sexual assault
    each year.

Immigration law

We provide free and low cost immigration representation to families and victims of violence.

  • U Visa (Victim of certain crimes)
  • T Visa (Victim of human trafficking)
  • VAWA (Battered spouse of USC or LPR)
  • Asylum (Fear of return to home country)
  • SIJS (Unaccompanied minors)
  • DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
  • Family petitions
  • Green Card Renewal
  • Deportation Defense

Family Law

We offer free and low cost limited scope family court services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Contested Restraining Orders
  • Child/Spousal Support

Caseload Snapshot

*As of August 2017

Meet our Team

Staff
Front (left to right): Sarai Chavarria, Karen Schulz, Azucena Gonzalez
Back (left to right): Nathalie Lezama Ferro, Derek Elder, Stephanie Aguirre

Karen Schulz, Managing Attorney practicing Immigration
Azucena Gonzalez, DOJ Accredited Representative
Derek Elder, Staff Attorney practicing Immigration
Stephanie Aguirre, Staff Attorney practicing Immigration and Family Law
Maria Ochoa, Paralegal (not pictured)
Sarai Chavarria, Legal Assistant
Nathalie Lezama Ferro, Of Counsel practicing Family Law
Ruth Silver-Taube, Of Counsel practicing Employment Law (not pictured)

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