CGRS undertakes strategic impact litigation on behalf of refugees in the United States - before immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Federal Courts of Appeals. We have also provided expert opinions before international human rights bodies and in cases in foreign jurisdictions to protect individual refugees and advance refugee law in those countries. We carefully select cases on the basis of their potential to set precedent, to advance asylum law, and to shape national and international refugee policy.
CGRS becomes involved in influential cases as counsel or co-counsel, as amicus curiae (“friend of the court”), and by providing expert consultation to other attorneys, advocates, and advocacy organizations.
Our litigation addresses cutting edge issues in refugee law, with a particular focus on cases that affect women, children, LGBT and other vulnerable asylum seekers. The individuals we serve flee a range of human rights violations, including:
- Female genital cutting
- Domestic violence (including child abuse)
- Sexual slavery and human trafficking
- Forced marriage
- Femicide and gender-based violence
- Honor violence