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

Webinar: Post-Matter of A-B- Litigation Update

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) – California invites you to attend a free webinar, Post-Matter of A-B- Litigation Update. On June 11, 2018, former U.S. Attorney General (AG) Jefferson B. Sessions issued a precedential opinion in Matter of A-B-, overruling Matter of A-R-C-G-, a landmark decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognizing that domestic violence survivors may be eligible for asylum protection. In his decision, the former AG made sweeping and prejudicial pronouncements, properly read as dicta, on the viability of asylum claims based on domestic violence and gang violence. CGRS has since been tracking outcomes in cases potentially impacted by Matter of A-B-.

This training will discuss notable U.S. court of appeals decisions issued since Matter of A-B-, as well as post-A-B- unpublished BIA, immigration court, and asylum office outcomes reported by attorneys in domestic violence and fear-of-gang claims. The training will also provide practice pointers at each level of adjudication in light of CGRS’s observations. This training assumes familiarity with the basic principles of asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (PST)

To attend the live webinar, RSVP at this link by 12:00 pm PST on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

If you are unable to attend the webinar, but would like to be notified when the recording is available, please register at this link.

Workshop: Thinking Through Asylum Claims Based on Domestic Violence in a Post-A-B- Landscape

In this interactive workshop, participants will work through real-life cases of asylum claims based on domestic violence. Collectively we will think through strategies to overcome challenges in light of the former Attorney General's decision in Matter of A-B-. We will also share CGRS’s observations from domestic violence-based case outcomes post-A-B-.

If you have a case you would like to workshop, please submit an online request for assistance to CGRS first to obtain a CGRS Case # and to provide additional details about your case: https://cgrs.uchastings.edu/assistance/request. Priority will be given to workshopping cases from CDSS-funded organizations. However, others are welcome to submit cases for consideration.

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: UC Hastings School of Law, 198 McAllister Street, Classroom D, San Francisco, CA
MCLE Credit: 2 General MCLE Credits

RSVP here by noon on Friday, March 8, 2019. 

Please note that space is limited and a wait-list will be maintained. In-person attendance only – call-in/recording options are not available for this workshop.

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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