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

For information on upcoming trainings and recordings of past trainnigs, please visit our Training page. Check back for future events.


Teach-In: Executive Orders & Resistance 

This teach-in will focus on the contours of presidential power as they relate to Executive Orders, how Trump's Executive Orders affect immigrant and refugee communities, and how individuals and organizations are resisting.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
3:30 pm
Alumni Resource Center, UC Hastings College of the Law
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA

Jane Kim - SF Supervisor
Eunice Lee - CGRS Co-Legal Director
Karen Musalo - CGRS Director
Angela Chan - Asian Law Caucus
Zahra Billoo - CAIR
Frank Wu - UC Hastings

Co-Sponsors: APALSA, Constitutional Law Quarterly, HSIR, HIHRO, ILSA, LA RAZA, MELSA, SALSA, and WOC

Advanced U visa Training: San Francisco

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
8:30 am-5:00 pm
Alumni Reception Center, UC Hastings College of the Law
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA

This highly interactive training will address advanced and emerging issues related to U visas, including the potential impact of the latest executive actions and orders on survivors of gender-based violence generally and on the U visa program in particular. Participants and panelists will strategize answers to scenarios that may arise in U visa cases, including framing qualifying crimes, complex inadmissibility, waitlist, consular processing, parole, and preventing the removal of survivors awaiting relief. It will include special sessions on comparing and contrasting humanitarian relief options, such as asylum and T visas, and on using recent California law to encourage law enforcement certifications.  This training assumes knowledge of VAWA and U visa applications and adjustment of status and is intended for those with experience working on these cases. Register online.

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