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 program, we provide 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and litigation resources including practice advisories, country conditions research reports, expert declarations, unpublished immigration judge and Board of Immigration Appeals decisions, and sample briefs.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.

To request assistance in your asylum case, please fill out this form.

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.

To access our training resources, visit this page.

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

Asylum Expert Database

CGRS is developing a free, searchable database of qualified and pre-vetted country specialists and health professionals who provide expert testimony in support of asylum claims. This database will offer attorneys a centralized place to access expert referrals and facilitate connections between advocates and experts interested in supporting asylum seekers. 

We are currently seeking information from attorneys about recommended country experts and health professionals for inclusion in the database. Please send information about any recommended experts, including contact information, areas of expertise, and CVs, to CGRS at CGRS-ExpertDB@uchastings.edu.  

We plan to launch the database later this year. Attorneys looking for expert referrals now should submit a technical assistance request on our website here.