The Right to Immigration Institute
Board of Directors

 

Douglas Smith (Treasurer)

Professor Douglass Smith is a Joshua A. Guberman Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Legal Studies at Brandeis University. He has experience in legal clinic work and immigration law. Professor Smith has spent nearly 30 years in the legal field. 

Lauren Gearty

Lauren Gearty is an immigration attorney and PhD candidate studying legal history at Brandeis University. Lauren is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Suffolk University Law Review. Lauren has published several articles on immigration matters and is also involved in immigration advocacy work in the Boston area.  

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Anja Parish

Anja Parish is a former Regional Immigration Services Officer with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a PhD candidate studying government and politics at Brandeis University. In addition, Anja has a research background focused on gender-based violence and humanitarian immigration policy.

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Jonathan Goldman (Clerk)

Jonathan Goldman is a Brandeis University senior from Northampton, Massachusetts. He was born in Levring, Denmark before moving to Freeland, Maryland. His mother is Danish and his father is American. Jonathan is double-majoring in Politics and Philosophy and minoring in Legal Studies, Economics, and Social Justice and Social Policy. He has worked in the legal field doing public defense work and education and municipal law. In addition, he has experience writing business proposals, grants, budgets, and he has previously worked in the not-for-profit sector.

Munis Safajou (Chair)

Munis Safajou was born and raised in Haifa, Israel. Holding Canadian and Australian passports, consistent travel is only one aspect of her continuous interaction with refugees and asylum seekers both in her personal and professional life. She spent most of 2015 working with a grassroots NGO in Jordan, directly working with Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian refugees as a project coordinator and spent the summer of 2016 interning for a UN agency, where she coordinated projects within a civil society working group and conducted research on women's rights. 

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Sara Hogenboom

Sara Hogenboom is a second-year at Brandeis University and the President of the Brandeis Student Association for TRII, TRII's on-campus club. Sara is majoring in Politics and History and minoring in Peace and Coexistence Studies. Sara is a graduate of TRII's first ever intensive immigration training program during the fall of 2017 and has been involved with TRII since then.

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Victoria St. Jean (Vice-Chair)

Victoria St. Jean is a Brandeis University senior from Hudson, New Hampshire majoring in Politics and History and minoring in legal studies. She currently works on campus at the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, and previously worked for the ACLU of New Hampshire. Victoria plans on attending law school after finishing her senior year.