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-ca@uchastings.edu.

Upcoming Events & Trainings

Upcoming Webinar: Advocating for Clients with Mental Health Issues

Join us Friday, May 13, 2022 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm PDT for a free webinar on working with clients with mental health issues, featuring Christine Lin (Center for Gender and Refugee Studies), Aimee Mayer-Salins (CLINIC), and Dr. Pratyusha Tummala-Narra (Boston University). The panel will discuss mental health and legal protections and strategies to meet a client's needs. 

To register for this webinar, please follow this link.

CGRS MCLE Webinar: Current Issues in Afghan Asylum Claims

Please join CGRS for a webinar discussing current issues in Afghan asylum claims. The webinar will briefly review common claim formulations before turning to an in-depth review of issues that may arise in some cases, including application of the material support bar, persecutor of others bar, one-year bar, and more. CGRS attorneys will also discuss factors to consider when deciding whether or not to pursue asylum.

Attendees are encouraged to submit questions on the registration form.

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 10:30 am– 12:00 pm PT

Presenters: Sayoni Maitra, Senior Staff Attorney and Anne Dutton, Staff Attorney

Location: Zoom (link provided after registration)

MCLE: 1.5 General California MCLE Credit

Register here by May 20, 2022.

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

CGRS Webinar: Strategies for Maximizing CGRS Technical Assistance in Fear-of-Return Claims

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) provides support to attorneys representing individuals in asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture ("fear-of-return") claims. This webinar focuses on how to effectively use resources available through CGRS's Technical Assistance Library that enables advocates to access litigation support materials on-demand. We will demonstrate new features to our online portal, review how to obtain resources tailored to your case, give tips on how to use the materials, and provide an overview of our Expert Witness Database. We will discuss how CGRS utilizes case outcomes to inform guidance. This webinar is open to new and seasoned users of CGRS's Technical Assistance Program. Learn how CGRS can support you in securing protection for your clients. 

Please submit any questions or feedback you have on the Technical Assistance Library at this link

Date: Monday, June 6, 2022, 11:00 am-12:00 pm PDT

Location: Zoom Meeting platform (link provided after registration)

Presenters: Nina Harris, Legal Program Associate; Kristen Henderson, Legal Program Associate; and Christine Lin, Director, Training & Technical Assistance

Register for the webinar at this link.

CGRS MCLE Webinar: Using Universal Expert Declaration in Immigration Court

Please join the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) for a webinar discussing filing universal expert declaration in immigration court as evidence in asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture (CAT) claims. During this one-hour training we will familiarize advocates with universal expert declarations and their uses. We will also provide an overview of the evidentiary framework and provide litigation strategies and arguments advocates can use to push back against common admission and weight challenges to universal expert declarations in immigration court. 

Attendees are encourages to submit questions in the registration form. 

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Presenters: Anne Peterson, Senior Staff Attorney and Julie Bourdoiseau, Staff Attorney

Location: Zoom (link provided after registration)

MCLE: 1 General California MCLE Credit

RSVP here by Monday, July 11, 2022.

The webinar will be recorded. The recording and materials will be provided to all registrants after the webinar. 

 

CGRS MCLE Webinar: What to Do When You Get a Decision from the Ninth Circuit

Please join the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) for a webinar addressing what to do after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issues a decision in a petition for a review challenging the denial of asylum, witholding of removal, or claims under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). During this one-hour training we will discuss what options are available in the event of a grant or a denial of the petition for review, relevant timelines for post-decision processes, and how to prepare clients for this stage in the process. 

Attendees are encouraged to submit questions on the registration form. 

Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

Presenters: Neela Chakravartula, CGRS Managing Attorney and Anne Dutton, CGRS Staff Attorney

Location: Zoom (link provided after registration)

MCLE: 1 General California MCLE Credit

Register here by Tuesday, August 30, 2022. 

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

 

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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.