Meet The Team
Karima Masri Fuentes
Founder and Attorney
Karima Masri Fuentes founded The Boutique Immigration Firm with the goal of providing high quality personalized legal representation to those seeking immigration benefits in the U.S.
As someone with family and close friends who have gone through various immigration processes, Karima understands how stressful and confusing it can be to navigate the immigration system. Moreover, as an attorney with nearly a decade of immigration law experience, she knows not only how vital it is to know the complexities of the immigration laws and how the immigration system works, but also how imperative it is to stand up for what is right and be creative in presenting legal arguments.
Karima's multicultural background fuels her passion for human rights and inspired her to pursue a career in immigration and international law. Over the course of Karima's legal career, first as a legal intern in several non-profit immigration organizations, to working for the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section with the United Nations, to being the partner and immigration attorney at Loftin & Masri, she has researched and worked as counsel on array of cases including asylum for clients from around the world, complex criminal cases in deportation proceedings, cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and a variety of cases before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Karima has collaborated with a multitude of organizations including Intermòn Oxfam, Casa Cornelia Law Center, The Employee Rights Center, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Media Arts San Diego. She has also served on the panel for El Colegio de la Frontera Norte Colloquium on Forced Migration and for the San Diego County Bar Association's series on entrepreneurial attorneys. She has contributed to legal work on topics ranging from the element of consent in the Trafficking in Persons Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, victim protection provisions in the United Arab Emirates, the Mexican trafficking law, and the UNODC Human Trafficking Case Law Database.
Karima is alumna of Arizona State University, Omega Phi Alpha, and California Western School of Law. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 2013. Karima is in good standing and is licensed to practice law in the Supreme Court of California, the Southern District of California, and the Federal District Court.
Jose, a native to San Diego, is a second year student at the California Western School of Law, and an alumni from the University of California San Diego. As DACA recipient and a child of immigrants, immigration law is a field that he is deeply passionate about. As an immigrant, he understands the fear and confusion that comes with the immigration process. Jose has been working in immigration law, as a paralegal, since 2017. The past four years have provided him with extensive of knowledge about the immigration system, as well as an understanding of how complex it truly is. Jose hopes that after graduating from California Western, he can continue to practice immigration defense so that he may defend the rights of those in his community.