Christine NLSLA training

CGRS-California Managing Attorney Christine Lin leads a training on domestic violence and children's asylum claims at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

CGRS-California provides in-person trainings and workshops, as well as frequent webinars, tailored to the needs of particular audiences in California on a variety of topics. These range from an introduction to asylum law to more advanced issues, for example, specific to representing child asylum applicants and women fleeing domestic violence. Legal professionals practicing asylum as well as other areas of law seek out our trainings on representing survivors of trauma, secondary trauma, and self-care because the themes transcend multiple practice areas.

To increase training participation and accessibility, CGRS-California has been working with the Pro Bono Training Institute created by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, and OneJustice to develop and record trainings on substantive asylum law topics and working with trauma survivors, which will be available online for California attorneys representing low-income clients to access at their convenience from any location statewide.

Find out about upcoming trainings.

Past Training Resources:

  • Webinar: Working with Country Conditions Expert Witnesses to Support Asylum Claims in Immigration Court, prepared by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies for the Vera Institute of Justice Unaccompanied Children Network. Watch a recording of the webinar here.
  • CGRS co-led a webinar series, Helping Those Released from Family Detention: Asylum Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence., with ASISTA and the Tahirih Justice Center The webinar series consists of three 90 minute trainingsThe trainings are for attorneys and other advocates already familiar with VAWA and U visas and are designed to expand participants’ knowledge and capacity to help survivors fleeing domestic and sexual violence in their home countries in applying for asylum. 

    Webinar 1 - Asylum Overview for Attorneys and Advocates Working with Survivors, January 7, 2016, available here

    Webinar 2 - Mechanics of Filing an Asylum Application, February 4, 2016, available here

    Webinar 3 - Advanced Asylum Legal Issues, March 10, 2016, available here
  • Webinar: Asylum Claims for Children from Mexico and Central America, presented by Blaine Bookey and Eunice Lee, hosted by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, April 28, 2015. To view a recording of this webinar, please email
  • Webinar: Removal Proceedings 101, hosted by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and the Legal Aid Association of California, September 17, 2014. Watch a recording of the webinar here.
  • Webinar: Representing Women and Children Seeking Asylum from Mexico and Central America, hosted by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and the Legal Aid Association of California, August 21, 2014. To view a recording of the webinar, please email
  • Presentation: “Violence Against Women as a Human Rights Violation”, Protecting Women’s Rights: International Law & Advocacy, co-sponsored by CGRS and IJRC, June 19, 2014.
    Access the edited videos of each of the six sessions here.
    View the background materials, agenda, speaker bios, and other information, here.
    Read the recap on six takeaways here.

Find out more about available California based trainings offered through the Pro Bono Trainings Institute.