Rebuilding our asylum system, fighting for safety and justice

After four years of relentless attacks on people seeking refuge, the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is ready to work with the Biden administration to rebuild our asylum system and expand the United States’ promise of protection for those escaping persecution.

Our Mission

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies defends the human rights of courageous refugees seeking asylum in the United States. With strategic focus and unparalleled legal expertise, CGRS champions the most challenging cases, fights for due process, and promotes policies that deliver safety and justice for refugees.

Defending Asylum Seekers in the Courts

CGRS undertakes strategic litigation to advance sound asylum laws and protect due process rights. Our current docket includes federal lawsuits challenging anti-asylum border policies and high-impact appellate cases that present opportunities to restore paths to protection.

Pangea II v. DHS
We just blocked a sweeping Trump rule that would have created nearly insurmountable barriers to asylum.
P.J.E.S. v. Wolf
We recently won an injunction against rapid “Title 42” expulsions of refugee children.
Innovation Law Lab v. Wolf
Our lawsuit challenging the inhumane “Remain in Mexico” policy is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Matter of A-B-
We’re representing the woman at the center of the Trump administration’s attack on asylum for domestic violence survivors.
Technical Assistance Center

CGRS provides free expert consultation, litigation resources, and training to attorneys and advocates working with asylum seekers.

Request assistance
Access litigation resources - practice advisories, country conditions evidence, sample briefs, and more - to support your case.
Find an expert witness
Search our database of qualified country specialists and health professionals who provide expert testimony in asylum cases.
Report a case outcome
Report the outcome of your case to help CGRS monitor decision-making trends and expand our resource library.
Advocating for Just Policies

We advocate for the fair and dignified treatment of asylum seekers and promote policies that honor our country’s legal obligations to refugees. We call on the Biden administration to act swiftly to restore access to life-saving protection.

Our asylum roadmap
Read our roadmap for the Biden administration to rebuild our asylum system.
Evaluating Biden's migration order
CGRS Legal Director Blaine Bookey breaks down President Biden's first round of executive actions on asylum.
Restoring asylum for survivors
The next administration needs to restore access to protection for refugee survivors of domestic violence.
CGRS, IMUMI, HBA launch report on Haitian women’s migration

CGRS, the Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración, and Haitian Bridge Alliance have released a new report shining a light on the anti-Black racism and gender-based discrimination facing Haitian women seeking refuge in Mexico and the Americas.

Support CGRS’s work

Your support for CGRS goes to work every day, protecting the human rights of women, children, and LGBTQ+ people seeking refuge in the United States.

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