The Right to Immigration Institute
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The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII-pronounced “Tree”) is an immigration nonprofit and the first of its kind to apply the law school clinic model to the undergraduate level. By training undergraduate students so they can become DOJ accredited representatives, TRII aims to make sure no one must face the immigration process alone. Founded in the Fall of 2016, TRII was started by a Brandeis Professor and three Brandeis students with the goal of addressing the problem of under-representation in immigration courts. Since then, TRII has grown to a team of two attorneys, two DOJ partially accredited representatives, and 15+ volunteers. Representation is essential in ensuring someone seeking immigration relief is successful. In 2016 90% of unrepresented asylum cases in immigration court were denied. In contrast, with representation, asylum cases in immigration court have a success rate of ~50%. With nearly 700,000 pending asylum cases nationwide, these numbers can be unsettling. At The Right to Immigration Institute, we tackle this issue head-on. By providing our services pro bono and training a talented team of paralegal and accredited representatives who can assist on cases, we are working to shrink the number of people who must face immigration court alone.