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

Virtual Training: Country Conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras for Asylum Claims Based on Harm to Children

Join the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) – California for a virtual training, “Country Conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras for Asylum Claims Based on Harm to Children”. The content of this training is informed by CGRS’s fact-finding investigations to the region and work with experts throughout the years documenting root causes and conditions for children. Presenters will provide an overview of the historical backdrop and existing cultural norms involving conditions for children in these three Central American countries. Participants are also encouraged to submit questions in advance of the training, which we will endeavor to address during the training. We will use interactive case scenarios to highlight important aspects to consider when using country conditions as evidence in asylum cases. Prior background on the basic elements of asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture is helpful. This training will not review the substantive legal requirements and is focused on providing country conditions information.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020, 10:00 am – noon PDT

RSVP here by September 4, 2020.

LCCR Fall Asylum Webinar

Join CGRS for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area's Fall 2020 Asylum Seminar, hosted by Fenwick & West LLP. The seminar will consist of 7 sessions providing an in-depth, online training in asylum law and procedure, best practices by seasoned immigration attorneys, and a discussion of hot topics relevant to recent developments in this rapidly changing area of law. 

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Time: 9:00 am-6:00 pm PT
Registration: Online here

Special guests will include former Immigration Judges Carol King and Polly Webber, Director of the Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic at USF School of Law Bill Ong Hing, and Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley School of Law Carrie Rosenbaum. 

Registration is limited to California practitioners. California MCLE credit will be provided for those who attend the live seminar. All sessions will be recorded and made available for those who have registered. Self-study credit will be made available for those who watch the videos after the event. Register online here!

Zoom info/password will be provided to registrants one week prior to the event.

For any questions, please contact Program Coordinator Bekah Stroik at

Help Support CGRS!

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