Training

CGRS offers in-person training and workshops, presentations for groups interested in learning about our areas of expertise, and webinars tailored to the needs of particular audiences. Our trainings and presentations are intended to increase knowledge and expertise in asylum and refugee law and policy for attorneys, government officials, human rights advocates, social service providers, and law and undergraduate students. If your organization is interested in a CGRS training or presentation, please contact us at cgrs@uchastings.edu.

Upcoming Trainings

Representing Asylum Seekers in the Northern California after Matter of A-B-

Attorneys from Centro Legal de la Raza, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies will provide a local perspective and concrete strategies for asylum cases involving domestic violence at the San Francisco Immigration Court and San Francisco Asylum Office in light of Matter of A-B-.

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
RSVP online

In-person training hosted by:
Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Live webcast hosted by:
Cooley LLP
3175 Hanover St.
Palo Alto, CA 94304

We are currently at capacity for space at Morrison & Foerster. Cooley LLP has generously offered to host a live webcast at their office in Palo Alto. If you have already registered and would like to change locations to join the webcast in Palo Alto, please e-mail Maria Avalos at mavaloscruz@lccr.com to let her know. If you are located closer to Palo Alto, we encourage you to attend the live webcast so others nearer to San Francisco can attend in person.

There are still seats available at Cooley. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist for MoFo, please e-mail Maria Avalos at mavaloscruz@lccr.com and she can let you know if spaces become available. However, we will circulate a link to view a recording following the training for those who are not able to attend at either location.

Past Training Resources

  • Matter of A-B-, Analysis and Strategies for Successhosted by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies on June 20, 2018. To view a recording of this webinar and obtain a copy of the slides, please email cgrs@uchastings.edu. If you would like a copy for your individual asylum case, please email CGRS-TA@uchastings.edu and include your CGRS Case number in the subjuect line. 

  • Gender-Based Asylum: Background, State of the Law, and Building a Winning Case (webinar), prepared by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies for the Vera Institute of Justice Unaccompanied Children Network. View the webinar slides and watch a recording of the webinar here.

  • Asylum Based on Fear of Gangs and Other Organized Criminal Groups: Central America and Beyond (webinar)prepared by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies for the Vera Institute of Justice. View the webinar slides and watch a recording of the webinar here.

  • Haitian Asylum Claims (webinar), prepared by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, and Harvard's Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. Topics covered include country conditions in Haiti, cultural competency, asylum eligibility for Haitians, and resources for attorneys. View the webinar slides and watch a recording of the webinar here.

  • Working with Country Conditions Expert Witnesses to Support Asylum Claims in Immigration Court (webinar), prepared by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies for the Vera Institute of Justice Unaccompanied Children Network. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

  • Helping Those Released from Family Detention: Asylum Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence, with ASISTA and the Tahirih Justice Center (webinar series): The webinar series consists of three 90 minute trainingsThe trainings are for attorneys and other advocates already familiar with VAWA and U visas and are designed to expand participants’ knowledge and capacity to help survivors fleeing domestic and sexual violence in their home countries in applying for asylum. 

    Webinar 1 - Asylum Overview for Attorneys and Advocates Working with Survivors, January 7, 2016, available here

    Webinar 2 - Mechanics of Filing an Asylum Application, February 4, 2016, available here

    Webinar 3 - Advanced Asylum Legal Issues, March 10, 2016, available here

  • Asylum Claims for Children from Mexico and Central America (webinar), presented by Blaine Bookey and Eunice Lee, hosted by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, April 28, 2015. To view a recording of this webinar, please email cgrs@uchastings.edu

  • Removal Proceedings 101 (webinar), hosted by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and the Legal Aid Association of California, September 17, 2014. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

  • Representing Women and Children Seeking Asylum from Mexico and Central America (webinar), hosted by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and the Legal Aid Association of California, August 21, 2014. To view a recording of the webinar, please email cgrs@uchastings.edu.

  • Violence Against Women as a Human Rights Violation (presentation), Protecting Women’s Rights: International Law & Advocacy, co-sponsored by CGRS and IJRC, June 19, 2014.
    Access the edited videos of each of the six sessions here.

    View the background materials, agenda, speaker bios, and other information, here.
    Read the recap on six takeaways here.

Examples of Recent CGRS Training Topics

  • Helping Child Migrants: Learn How to Represent Children Who Need Immigration and Family Court Assistance
  • Particular Social Group Claims in the Aftermath of the BIA's New Decisions
  • Immigration Remedies for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes and their Intersection with Family Law
  • Legal Relevance of Psychologists' Opinions in the Immigration Context
  • Overview of the Law of Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and the Convention Against Torture
  • Brief Writing Workshop for Children's Claims
  • Eliminating Bias: Working with Survivors of Trauma
  • Secondary Trauma & Self-Care

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