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

Webinar: Post-Matter of A-B- Litigation Update

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) – California invites you to attend a free webinar, Post-Matter of A-B- Litigation Update. On June 11, 2018, former U.S. Attorney General (AG) Jefferson B. Sessions issued a precedential opinion in Matter of A-B-, overruling Matter of A-R-C-G-, a landmark decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognizing that domestic violence survivors may be eligible for asylum protection. In his decision, the former AG made sweeping and prejudicial pronouncements, properly read as dicta, on the viability of asylum claims based on domestic violence and gang violence. CGRS has since been tracking outcomes in cases potentially impacted by Matter of A-B-.

This training will discuss notable U.S. court of appeals decisions issued since Matter of A-B-, as well as post-A-B- unpublished BIA, immigration court, and asylum office outcomes reported by attorneys in domestic violence and fear-of-gang claims. The training will also provide practice pointers at each level of adjudication in light of CGRS’s observations. This training assumes familiarity with the basic principles of asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (PST)

To attend the live webinar, RSVP at this link by 12:00 pm PST on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

If you are unable to attend the webinar, but would like to be notified when the recording is available, please register at this link.

Workshop: Thinking Through Asylum Claims Based on Domestic Violence in a Post-A-B- Landscape

In this interactive workshop, participants will work through real-life cases of asylum claims based on domestic violence. Collectively we will think through strategies to overcome challenges in light of the former Attorney General's decision in Matter of A-B-. We will also share CGRS’s observations from domestic violence-based case outcomes post-A-B-.

If you have a case you would like to workshop, please submit an online request for assistance to CGRS first to obtain a CGRS Case # and to provide additional details about your case: Priority will be given to workshopping cases from CDSS-funded organizations. However, others are welcome to submit cases for consideration.

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: UC Hastings School of Law, 198 McAllister Street, Classroom D, San Francisco, CA
MCLE Credit: 2 General MCLE Credits

RSVP here by noon on Friday, March 8, 2019. 

Please note that space is limited and a wait-list will be maintained. In-person attendance only – call-in/recording options are not available for this workshop.

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