Founded in 2016, TRII is working to address the unequal access to representation facing people fleeing persecution and seeking asylum.


Our Mission

The Right to Immigration Institute serves as the first organization striving to use the talents and energy of undergraduate students to ensure that no such person appears in immigration court without representation. We strive towards fundamental fairness by partnering with like-minded organizations, training passionately dedicated students and by further educating the global community on how they can help those who are persecuted.

No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.
— Warsan Shire, Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator


  • Established TRII as the first organization working towards accrediting undergraduates.
  • Granted 501(c)(3) status 
  • Started a Chapter of TRII at Brandeis University and Suffolk University
  • Partnered with Localize to provide our services in multiple languages.
  • Received the Davis Peace Prize which is $10,000 in funding awarded to a grassroots project which employs innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers which cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace.