Tracking & Decision Analysis

CGRS tracks and monitors asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture claims for women, children and LGBT refugees at all levels of the immigration adjudication system in the United States, as well as refugee claims in foreign courts. 

Impact

The information CGRS obtains through tracking cases enables us to provide up-to-date advice regarding specific legal issues, identify how particular judges have ruled in similar cases, assist attorneys in crafting successful claims, and analyze decision-making trends more broadlyIt also informs our refugee policy advocacy, and allows us to identify important cases that could lead to precedent-setting decisions to participate as amicus curiae or co-counsel. 

Our database, which currently contains more than 10,000 case records, enables us to introduce unprecedented transparency and accountability into asylum adjudication. 

  • Search our publications here
  • Search our database materials here
  • Request assistance in your asylum case here
  • Report results in your asylum case (regardless of whether you’re receiving assistance) here

Gender Asylum Study

Professor and CGRS Founding Director Karen Musalo, in collaboration with Political Science Professor Anna Law of CUNY Brooklyn College, was awarded a three-year grant by the National Science Foundation to undertake a broad-scale interdisciplinary study of trends and patterns in asylum decision-making, with a particular focus on gender-based claims. This study utilizes qualitative and quantitative research methods to analyze the immigration judge and Board of Immigration Appeals decisions that CGRS has collected over almost two decades of providing assistance to attorneys. The study seeks to better understand how legal and non-legal factors impact agency adjudication, and to explain some of the vastly disparate outcomes that have become well-documented in recent years. 

Read more about the study here.