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 cgrs@uchastings.edu.

Upcoming Events & Trainings

Free Brown Bag Training: Overcoming Challenges to Working with Survivors of Trauma

Bring your own lunch and join the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies – California (CGRS-CA) for a free MCLE training in Santa Maria, California hosted by the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County.

Focusing on best practices for working with survivors of trauma, this training is suitable for attorneys and non-attorneys working with traumatized individuals in all practice areas. This training provides an overview to common indicators of trauma and a trauma-informed approach in legal services delivery that considers the special needs of trauma survivors. Participants will learn techniques to identify and mitigate barriers to communication when interviewing trauma survivors with an emphasis on effectively interacting with clients from diverse cultural, socio-economic, educational, and immigration backgrounds. The concepts of secondary trauma and self-care will also be introduced.

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 12:00-1:30 pm
Training Location: Lynberg and Watkins, 731 S. Lincoln Street, Santa Maria, CA 93458
Presenters: Christine Lin, Directing Attorney, CGRS-CA; Sayoni Maitra, Staff Attorney, CGRS-CA
MCLE Credit: 1 hour Elimination of Bias, 0.5 hour General 

Please RSVP here to ensure adequate space and materials for attendees. 

Overview of the Law of Asylum and Related Fear of Return Claims

This training provides an overview of the substantive legal elements of asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. The training is suitable for legal representatives and pro bono attorneys new to asylum practice as well as those seeking a refresher on substantive asylum law.

Training Location: SEIU 2015, 195 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92408
Presenters: Anna Cabot, Staff Attorney, CGRS-California; Christine Lin, Directing Attorney, CGRS-California
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 9:30-11:30 am
MCLE Credit: 2 hours General MCLE

Registration begins at 9:15 am. The training will begin promptly at 9:30 am.

RSVP here by Wednesday, August 29th.

The Nuts and Bolts of Preparing for an Asylum Case

This practical skills training will provide an overview on the best practices of representing a client before the asylum office. Topics covered include: procedural issues in filing an asylum application, gathering relevant documentary evidence, preparing an evidentiary submission, and preparing for an asylum interview. The training is suitable for legal representatives and pro bono attorneys new to asylum practice as well as those seeking to hone their asylum representation skills.                

Training Location: SEIU 2015, 195 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92408
Presenters: Anna Cabot, Staff Attorney, CGRS-California; Christine Lin, Directing Attorney, CGRS-California
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 11:45 am-1:15 pm
MCLE Credit: 1.5 hours General MCLE

Registration begins at 11:30 am. The training will begin promptly at 11:45 am.

RSVP here by Wednesday, August 29th.

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CGRS relies on individual donations to provide informative events and trainings free of charge. Please consider donating to support our work. Donate here.