Our Mission:


The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII, pronounced “tree”) is the only group in the U.S. actively empowering students to represent people in asylum, naturalization, and status adjustment cases.. By training undergraduate students so they can become Department of Justice accredited representatives, TRII aims to make sure no one must face the immigration process alone.


Our Mission

Founded in the Fall of 2016, The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII- pronounced "tree") was started by Brandeis Professor, Doug Smith, and three Brandeis students, Munis Safajou, Victoria St. Jean, and Jonathan Goldman with the goal of addressing the problem of under-representation in immigration. Since then, TRII has grown to a team of three attorneys, four DOJ partially accredited representatives, and over 50 volunteers.

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Our Impact

Since TRII was founded in 2016, we've always been striving to help as many people as possible. In that process, we've also constantly revisited how we can improve by adding more attorneys, translators, and volunteers. Our goal is to give you the best help we can.


years of legal experience

Our attorneys have over 30 years of combined legal experience. We make sure you're getting the help you need.



languages spoken

Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French Creole, Hindi, and more! At TRII, we're ready to help whoever has questions.



volunteers set to help

At TRII, our strong team of dedicated volunteers help make sure we can provide the best services possible.

Our Programs


We're more than your average immigration services provider. In addition to legal services, we also train students to become DOJ accredited representatives, provide "Know Your Rights" and similar workshops, immigration overview classes, and more! If there's something you would like to see but we aren't doing it yet, let us know and we'll try our best to help.

legal services

Our #1 priority at TRII is to provide you with high-quality, pro-bono legal services so you don't have to navigate the immigration system on your own. With 30+ combined years of experience, our immigration attorneys are here to help you.


Teacher? Social worker? Just want to learn more about how immigration intersects with your work? We're here to help you learn more about what you need to know about immigration, how you can help, and why it is important. 

doj accreditation program

What is DOJ accreditation? How does it work? Why get trained? All of these questions and more are answered through our DOJ Accreditation Program where we prepare students to become the immigration representatives of the future.


immigration overview classes

Due to the complex nature of the immigration system, it can be impossible to know which form of relief is right for you. In our immigration overview classes, we help you figure out what is best for you and how we can help.


Get Involved



One of the best ways to give back is to get involved and help change someone's life. We have several ways you can help non-citizens seeking help from translation work, paralegal research, and more! If you're interested, you can find out more below.


help translate/interpret

Speak a second language? Want to help interpret or translate? Contact us and we'll figure out the best way you can help.

doj accreditation

Interested in helping our attorneys during interviews and hearings? Become a DOJ accredited representative.

Make a Donation

Your help could be the difference. Your donation could train another student. You can be part of this change.