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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 low cost immigration representation to families and victims of violence.

Our services include legal counseling on eligibility for immigration benefits, as well as full scope representation for social justice and family based petitions.

Family Law

We offer low cost family court services for survivors of domestic violence.

Our family court services include legal counseling on family law matters as well as full scope representation in divorce, custody, and related issues for survivors of domestic violence.

Client Demographics

  • Domestic Violence - 45%
  • Human Trafficking - 5%
  • Women - 76%
  • Minors - 21%

Step Forward does not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, country of origin, or religion.

Meet our Team

Karen

Karen Schulz    Founder, Immigration Attorney

Karen Schulz is a co-founder, President, and Immigration Attorney for Step Forward. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts and Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was an editor on the Santa Clara Law Review. She volunteers with the Katharine and George Alexander Law Center, which awarded her the Commitment Award in 2011 and worked for the Santa Clara Law Group as an immigration attorney.
Nathalie

Nathalie Lezama Ferro    Of Counsel, Family Law Attorney

Nathalie Lezama Ferro is a Family Law attorney acting as Of Counsel for Step Forward. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science and Santa Clara University School of Law, where she received several awards, participated in many societies and moot court competitions, and was on the Dean's List all three years. She is trilingual in English, Spanish and Portuguese. She worked for the Superior Court of California as a Staff Attorney and runs her own private practice.

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