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and litigation resources including practice advisories, country conditions research reports, expert declarations, unpublished immigration judge and Board of Immigration Appeals decisions, and sample briefs.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 recently launched our new expert witness database. This database offers advocates a searchable repository of qualified and pre-vetted 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 contact experts 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, please click here to submit your information for consideration for inclusion.