Technical Assistance & Training

CGRS helps improve the quality of legal representation available to asylum seekers by providing free expert consultation, litigation resources, and training to attorneys and organizations in California, the United States, and abroad, thus ensuring the best possible outcomes for individual asylum seekers.

Through our Technical Assistance (TA) Library, we provide on-demand access to relevant, high quality legal information and litigation resources including practice advisories, country conditions research reports, expert declarations, unpublished immigration judge and Board of Immigration Appeals decisions, and sample briefs. Free one-on-one phone consultations with CGRS staff attorneys are also available upon request and dependent on capacity.

Tracking case outcomes is an important component of CGRS’s technical assistance program and enables us to provide tailored assistance on how particular adjudicators have ruled in similar claims. Learn more about reporting outcomes here.

To access the TA Library for your asylum case, please fill out this form.

Expert Witness Database

CGRS launched our expert witness database in 2018. This database offers advocates a searchable repository of qualified country specialists and health professionals who serve as expert witnesses to support asylum seekers in the United States. The database also provides a mechanism for advocates to search for individuals with the expertise needed in their case and contact them directly. It is available free of charge to all advocates dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers.

The expert witness database may be accessed online at https://cgrs.uchastings.edu/expert/search. Please note that in order to access the database advocates must first create an account on CGRS’s website and log in. If you have requested technical assistance from CGRS in the past, you may use the same login credentials to access the database.

If you are an expert interested in being listed in CGRS's database, we invite you to please click here to submit your information for consideration for inclusion.

For more information, write us at CGRS-ExpertDB@uchastings.edu

Trainings and Webinars

We provide trainings on a variety of topics, ranging from asylum law basics to more advanced topics, such as developing particular social group claims or working with country conditions expert witnesses. We also provide trainings on best practices for working with trauma survivors and dealing with secondary trauma, which often impacts advocates. We offer both in-person trainings and webinars tailored to the needs of particular audiences.

Request access to CGRS training resources through our training index.

View upcoming training and webinars here.

To request a training for your organization or network, please email us at cgrs-ca@uchastings.edu.