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

Upcoming Trainings

Hot Topics: Matter of A-B-

The Removal Defense Corps will be hosting CGRS-California for this free MCLE training on strategies for litigating successful fear-of-return claims in light of Attorney General Sessions’ recent ruling in Matter of A-B-.

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Loyola Law School, 919 Albany St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
MCLE credit: Two (2) MCLE Credits will be provided.
Parking information: Complimentary parking is provided. Parking is available in the parking facility located at 919 Albany Street. Pull in and obtain a ticket. Before you leave the training, make sure to obtain a parking validation ticket, and use that, along with the original parking ticket, to exit the parking structure.

Please register online to attend this training to ensure that we can provide enough space and materials. The RSVP deadline is September 21. If we are at capacity before September 21, then we will create a waitlist and inform registrants whether they are on the waitlist. While this is an in-person training, a recording will be made available.

Free MCLE: Advanced Declaration Writing for Asylum and Fear-of-Return Claims

This advanced skills training assumes general knowledge of substantive asylum law and declaration writing, and is geared towards practitioners seeking to hone their declaration writing skills for cases involving asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. Topics discussed will include anticipating and identifying challenges in the declaration process, developing case theories, and effectively framing client narratives in a legally relevant manner. 

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
MCLE Credit: 1.5 hours General MCLE
Location: The Ron Olson Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 1550 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

This training will be part of the Los Angeles Asylum Collaborative meeting, but others are welcome to attend. Space is limited, and a wait-list will be maintained. This training will not be recorded and there will not be a call-in option. 

RSVP here by Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

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 If you would like a copy for your individual asylum case, please email 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

  • 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

  • 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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