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

Representing Immigrants Under the New Administration

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies will provide an overview to key immigration policy changes under the Trump administration and the impact on immigrant clients. Learn about emerging issues and trends affecting the immigrant community, including specific areas of concern for unaccompanied children and applicants seeking asylum, U, T, VAWA, and SIJS relief. Attorneys will also be provided with an update on local policy actions and resources to better equip themselves in assisting immigrant clients. The training is appropriate for attorneys new to immigration practice as well as those with prior experience.

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 12 pm-1 pm
Location: Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1130
MCLE: 1 General Credit

Please RSVP to Michelle Alcobendas by COB, Friday, April 21, 2017 at  

Past Training Resources

  • Webinar: Haitian Asylum Claims, 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. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

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

  • CGRS co-led a webinar series, Helping Those Released from Family Detention: Asylum Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence, with ASISTA and the Tahirih Justice Center 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

  • Webinar: Asylum Claims for Children from Mexico and Central America, 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
  • Webinar: Removal Proceedings 101, 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.
  • Webinar: Representing Women and Children Seeking Asylum from Mexico and Central America, 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
  • Presentation: “Violence Against Women as a Human Rights Violation”, 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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CGRS relies on individual donations to provide assistance and training free of charge. Please consider donating to support our work. Donate here.