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

Litigating Asylum and Other Fear-of-Return Cases in Immigration Court

During this in-person training, participants will learn effective trial strategies for litigating defensive claims involving asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture in the United States. The training will begin with the substantive law in fear-of-return cases. An overview of the fundamental practical skills for working with asylum seekers, including eliminating bias, interviewing skills, and writing a compelling declaration will be discussed. A mock trial will be a component of the training. Legal representatives new to representing clients in defensive asylum proceedings as well as seasoned advocates seeking further skills’ development are welcome to attend.

For more information about the training, click here.

Date & Time: July 18, 2019, 9:15am – 5:00 pm*
Location: United Domestic Workers Office, 1445 Spruce St., Suite A, Riverside, CA 92507
MCLE Credit: 6 MCLE Credits Total: 5 General MCLE; 1 Elimination of Bias MCLE

RSVP here by July 11, 2019 for the full-day training. 

Asylum Workshop: Formulating Particular Social Groups

This workshop will discuss the substantive law surrounding particular social group formulation in various types of asylum cases, including claims involving violence against women and children, and fear of gangs. Participants will work through real-life asylum cases that involve persecution based upon an individual’s membership in a particular social group. Familiarity with basic asylum law is required.

Participants working on cases involving particular social groups are encouraged to submit their cases to discuss during the workshop. If you have previously submitted a request for assistance to CGRS, include the CGRS Case Number in your RSVP. If you have not previously submitted a request for assistance to CGRS, please submit a request to provide details about your case and obtain a CGRS Case Number at: https://cgrs.uchastings.edu/assistance/request. We cannot guarantee we can workshop all cases, but will do our best to discuss common themes amongst cases submitted if possible.

For more information about the training, click here.

Date & Time: July 19, 2019, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (registration will begin at 12:30 pm)
Location: United Domestic Workers Office, 1445 Spruce St., Suite A, Riverside, CA 92507
MCLE Credit: 2 General MCLE Credits

RSVP here by July 11, 2019 for the Asylum Workshop.

The Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Practice Before the Board of Immigration Appeals in Fear-of-Return Claims

Please join the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) - California for an in-person training in on appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals in fear-of-return claims, including asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture (CAT) claims. This training will discuss governing procedural rules, deadlines, and strategies at the Board of Immigration Appeals. This training will also include tips for writing effective and compelling appellate briefs.

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: UC Hasting College of the Law, 198 McAllister St., Room D, San Francisco, CA 94102
Presenters: Christine Lin, CGRS-California Directing Attorney, Anne Peterson, CGRS Senior Staff Attorney
MCLE Credit: 1 General MCLE

Please RSVP here by COB on July 24, 2019.

In-person attendance only – call-in/recording options are not available for this workshop.

Common Evidentiary Conundrums & Persuasive Asylum Advocacy in Immigration Court

Please join the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) for a free defensive asylum trial advocacy MCLE. This training will involve a mock asylum trial in immigration court proceedings. The focus of the training will be on common objections to documentary evidence and questioning on direct, cross, and re-direct examination. We will also cover laying foundation and authenticating documentary evidence, closing arguments, and strategies for persuasive trial advocacy in asylum and related fear-of-return cases. Interactive participation is highly encouraged and will include break-out groups.

Prerequisite: Participants should already be familiar with substantive asylum law, basic immigration court procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence. We will not be reviewing those topics during those trainings.

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: UC Hastings College of the Law, 200 McAllister St., Alumni Reception Center (ARC), San Francisco, CA 94102
MCLE: 2 General MCLE Credits
Presenters: Christine Lin, Directing Attorney, CGRS-California, Anne Peterson, CGRS Senior Staff Attorney

Space is limited. RSVP at this link by COB August 20, 2019.

This training is in-person; there will be no call-in or recorded option. 

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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