Events and Trainings


Our Parents' Bones: Los Huesos de Nuestros Padres

Please join the Mauricio Aquino Foundation and the Hastings Human Rights and International Law Organization for a conversation with the Commissioners and Executive Director of El Salvador's National Commission for the Search of Adult Disappeared Persons in the Context of the Armed Conflict (CONABUSQUEDA). After many years of survivors pushing for action to find the bodies of those still missing among the 75,000 people killed during the U.S.-backed conflict, the Commission was finally established in 2017. The Commissioners are touring the U.S. to inform U.S. audiences about their progress and future developments under a new government. Come learn about El Salvador's efforts to deal with the past, and how those efforts influence the current migration crisis.

When: Wednesday, May 22 from 12:00-1:30 pm
Where: UC Hastings College of the Law, Alumni Reception Center (2nd Floor), 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP at

San Diego Defensive Asylum Boot Camp

The San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) Legal Partners and CGRS-California are pleased to invite legal representatives interested in representing asylum seekers in defensive removal proceedings to a free full-day defensive asylum training.

This full-day training will cover the substantive law and practical skills necessary to represent clients fearing return to their countries of origin in defensive removal proceedings. We will provide an overview of the U.S. immigration system and discuss the legal and procedural requirements for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture claims before an immigration judge. As factual development is a critical component of litigating a fear-of-return claim, this training will discuss effective techniques for trauma-informed interviewing, declaration writing, and building a strong record. This training is suitable for attorneys new to immigration law as well as those familiar with asylum law who want to refresh their skills

Date & Time: June 11, 2019, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm
Location: Diocese of San Diego, 3888 Paducah Drive, San Diego, CA 92117
MCLE Credit: 6 MCLE Credits Total: 5 General MCLE; 1 Elimination of Bias MCLE 

RSVP by June 4, 2019 at:

Asylum Workshop: Gender-Based and Fear-of-Gang Claims

The San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) Legal Partners and CGRS-California are pleased to invite legal representatives to a workshop on gender and gang-based asylum claims.

In this interactive workshop, participants will work through two real-life asylum cases based on gender-based violence and fear-of-gangs. We will discuss strategies to overcome common challenges and pitfalls faced by legal representatives representing clients in asylum claims based upon gender and fear-of-gangs, including crafting particular social groups. Participants should be familiar with substantive asylum law.

Participants who wish to have gender or gang-based asylum cases they are working on considered as real-life cases to discuss for the workshop should submit an online assistance request to CGRS here first to obtain a CGRS Case # and to provide details about their case. Priority will be given to workshopping cases from CDSS-funded organizations, but others are welcome to submit cases for consideration.

Date & Time: June 12, 2019, 8:45 - 11:00 am
Location: Catholic Charities Refugee Services, 4575-A Mission Gorge Place, San Diego
MCLE Credit: 2 General MCLE Credits

RSVP by June 4, 2019 at: