CGRS is pleased to announce the launch of our new expert witness database. This database offers advocates a searchable repository of qualified and pre-vetted country specialists and health professionals who serve as expert witnesses to support asylum seekers in the United States. It is available free of charge to all advocates dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers.

CGRS condemns the proposed regulations to the Flores Settlement announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) yesterday. The proposed regulations would eviscerate essential protections for children in immigration custody, allowing the government to indefinitely imprison immigrant and asylum seeking children in facilities that fall short of basic health and safety standards.

A federal court has blocked the deportation of immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality who brought a lawsuit filed Tuesday by American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies. New “expedited removal” policies put forth by Attorney General Jeff Sessions instruct asylum officers to “generally” deny such claims, undermining the fundamental human rights of women and contradicting decades of settled domestic and international law.