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  Staff Attorney Anne Dutton will present at this free ABA CLE webinar. All are welcome to register. 

Engaging Country Conditions Experts in Asylum Cases

Country conditions experts can be critical in asylum cases providing evidence and bolstering the client’s credibility. In this virtual training, country conditions experts and immigration attorneys will share successful strategies in working together before and during the asylum case, tips for testimony preparations with country conditions experts, and special considerations when working with children and youth. Panelists will share their insights, experiences, and practical pointers. The presentation aims to deliver tailored guidance for advocates working on asylum cases or considering taking on an asylum case.


  • Dr. Lauren Heidbrink, MA/MS, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Human Development, California State University Long Beach
  • Anne Dutton, Staff Attorney, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, University of California Hastings College of Law
  • Dr. Amelia Frank-Vitale, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, Program in Latin American Studies, Princeton University
  • S. Ellie Norton, Senior Practitioner in Residence, Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic, Seton Hall University School of Law


  • Laura Egan, Managing Attorney, Children’s Immigration Law Academy

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
Format: Free CLE Webinar via Beacon Live
Register HERE:

Poster for Engaging Country Conditions Experts in Asylum Cases Webinar

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