The Right to Immigration Institute Board of Directors

Meet TRII's Board of Directors


munis safajou

Board president & co-founder

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. 

victoria st. jean

board vice-president & co-founder

Victoria St. Jean is a Brandeis University third-year from Hudson, New Hampshire majoring in Politics and Business. She currently works on campus at the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, and previously worked for the ACLU of New Hampshire.

douglass smith

board TREASURER and co-founder

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. 


jonathan goldman

board secretary and co-founder

Jonathan Goldman is a Brandeis University third-year 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 triple-majoring in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and minoring in Legal Studies. 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.


Board Member

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.