Events & Trainings

CGRS regularly holds and participates in events and trainings in California and around the country and internationally to increase awareness, knowledge, and expertise on refugee law and policy and human rights. Our events and trainings are generally open to the public, including attorneys, government officials, human rights advocates, social service providers, law and undergraduate students, media and others. If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring an event or training, please contact us at

Upcoming Events & Trainings

CGRS MCLE Webinar: Firm Resettlement Issues in Asylum Claims

Please join the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) for a webinar addressing common firm resettlement issues in asylum claims. This webinar will provide an overview of firm resettlement analysis, discuss common fact patterns triggering the bar, and highlight strategies to challenge or overcome its application to an asylum case.

Attendees are encouraged to submit questions on the registration form.

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

Presenters: Sayoni Maitra, Senior Staff Attorney, and Christine Lin, Director of Training & Technical Assistance

Location: Zoom (link provided after registration)

MCLE: 1.0 General CA Credit

Register here by Tuesday, October 18, 2022, to receive the Zoom registration link.

This webinar will be recorded. The recording and materials will be made available to all registrants after the webinar.

Central Valley In-Person Asylum Skills Boot Camp with Specialized California MCLE Credits

(additional details available here)

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies – California and San Joaquin College of Law New American Legal Clinic invite you to a free full-day asylum skills “boot camp” MCLE training. This training assumes prior knowledge of the substantive legal elements for asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture protection. It is geared towards advocates seeking to strengthen essential skills in representing clients in these claims. This training will consist of five one-hour MCLE sessions on the following topics:

  • Trauma-Informed Declaration Writing (1 Elimination of Bias MCLE)

  • Country Conditions Research & Evidence (1 General MCLE)

  • Working with Experts (1 General MCLE)

  • The Power of a Brief & Closing Argument (1 General MCLE)

  • Ethical Considerations in Filing for Asylum (1 Legal Ethics MCLE)

Date: Friday, November 4, 2022, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Pacific (lunch provided)

Location: San Joaquin College of Law, 901 5th Street, Clovis, CA 93612

Presenters: Anne Dutton, CGRS Staff Attorney, and Christine Lin, CGRS Director of Training & Technical Assistance

MCLE: 5.0 CA MCLE Credits - 3 General; 1 Elimination of Bias; 1 Legal Ethics

RSVP here by October 28, 2022. This training is in-person only; no recording or call-in option will be available.

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