by Sara Mostafa-Ray
Riverside Lawyer Magazine, a publication of the Riverside County Bar Association, published an article in their September 2012 issue entitled “The Cantor-Adams Bill: On Gutting VAWA,” authored by Sara Mostafa-Ray, an attorney affiliated with Montage Legal Group.
The article discusses the protections offered by the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) and the U visa for non-US-citizen victims of domestic violence and how the so-called Cantor-Adams Bill, a version of VAWA reauthorization promulgated by House Republicans, undercuts such VAWA protections, endangers victims of domestic violence and subverts the U visa’s purpose of protecting the public from dangerous crimes.
To read the full article, see the September 2012 on-line issue of Riverside Lawyer at the following link: http://riversidecountybar.com/barpubs/1209RL.pdf.
Sara Mostafa-Ray graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA School of Law. Thereafter, she joined Cooley LLP as an Associate in the firm’s Business Department. Sara moved to Honolulu in 2008 and began working for the Domestic Violence Action Center, a nonprofit legal agency, as an Immigrant Outreach Specialist. Sara began working as an Associate for Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert for the firm’s Immigration Practice Group and gained invaluable experience representing companies and individuals in a wide range of immigration matters, including applying for non-immigrant visas, such as treaty investor, temporary worker, intra-company transferee, religious worker and visitor visas; petitioning for employment-based and family-based immigration; seeking cancellation and waivers of removal; and seeking asylum and Violence Against Women Act relief. Sara is currently serves as Montage Legal Group’s Lead San Diego Transactional Attorney.