Trina Realmuto, Executive Director / 617.819.4447

With over twenty years of experience in immigration, damages, and transparency litigation in federal courts, Trina has litigated and argued several precedent decisions on behalf of individuals, classes, and amicus curiae, written numerous practice advisories, and is a frequent presenter on immigration issues. Most recently, Trina was a Directing Attorney of Litigation at the American Immigration Council. Prior to that, she served as the Litigation Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and as a consulting attorney to the Council. In addition, she has worked abroad representing noncitizens applying for visas at U.S. embassies and consulates. Trina began her career as an associate attorney at Van Der Hout LLC, a San Francisco-based immigration firm where she specialized in federal court litigation and deportation defense. In 2015, Trina was awarded the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Court Admissions

New York and California

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeals: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and DC Circuits

U.S. District Courts: Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California; District of Vermont; District of Connecticut

Mary Kenney, Deputy Director / 617.819.4681

For twenty-five years, Mary has worked to protect the rights of noncitizens, combat abusive conduct by immigration agents, and overturn unlawful policies of the immigration agencies. From 2003 to 2020, Mary was with the American Immigration Council, most recently as Directing Attorney of Litigation, where she engaged in impact litigation and authored numerous practice advisories. Prior to joining the Council, Mary was the Executive Director of a statewide immigrant and refugee rights litigation project in Texas. In that role, she oversaw impact litigation, including several class actions, and advocacy efforts. She also worked as a legal services attorney in West Virginia. In 2014, Mary was awarded the Carol King award by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild for her impact litigation work.

Court Admissions

District of Columbia

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeals: Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits

U.S. District Courts: District of Columbia, Northern District of Texas, Northern District of West Virginia

Tiffany Lieu, Staff Attorney / 617.819.4291

Tiffany Lieu is a graduate of Stanford Law School and has long been passionate about immigrants’ rights. In law school, she was very involved in Stanford’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic where she wrote briefs and presented oral argument before the immigration court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Tiffany continued to build her immigration law experience in the federal courts on both the district and appellate levels. As a law clerk to the Honorable Allyson K. Duncan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Honorable Keith P. Ellison on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Tiffany handled numerous immigration appeals, habeas matters, and a class action related to COVID-19. She is thrilled to be working with NILA as a staff attorney funded by Stanford Law School’s Public Interest Fellowship.

Court Admissions


U.S. District Courts: Southern District of Texas and District of Wisconsin

U.S. Court of Appeals: First Circuit, Second, and Fourth Circuits

National Immigration Litigation Alliance, Inc.
Tel: (617) 819-4649