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

Family-based Asylum Claims Post-Matter of L-E-A-

Please join the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) for a webinar on family-based asylum claims in light of the Attorney General’s July 29, 2019 decision in Matter of L-E-A-. We will provide an overview of the decision as well as discuss strategy and practice pointers.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Pacific

Please RSVP here in advance of the webinar. This webinar will be recorded.

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. 

Central Valley Workshop: Screening for Asylum Eligibility

For many non-citizens, including, but not limited to survivors of child abuse and domestic violence, individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), asylum may be the only pathway to attaining lawful status in the United States. This workshop discusses the basics of asylum law and aims to equip those working with non-citizen clients in legal aid organizations with the necessary tools to screen for asylum eligibility as a potential form of immigration relief and make appropriate referrals. This training is interactive and will include a practical component in which attendees work through case scenarios to determine if an individual could have a potential asylum claim. No background in immigration law is required. Attorneys, accredited representatives, intake coordinators, legal assistants, and paralegals at legal services organizations that may or may not have immigration practices are all welcome to attend. 

Date: September 5, 2019
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: San Joaquin College of the Law, 901 5th Street, Clovis, CA 93
MCLE: 2 General MCLE Credits
Presenters: Christine Lin, Directing Attorney, CGRS-California; Anne Peterson, Senior Staff Attorney, CGRS-California

For more details, please see flyer here

RSVP here by August 29, 2019 for the screening for asylum eligibility workshop.

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

Central Valley Asylum Boot Camp: Fundamental Asylum Law, Procedure & Practical Skills

During this in-person training, participants will learn the nuts and bolts of representing an individual seeking asylum in the United States. The training commences with an overview on the substantive law of asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. The training will then discuss the procedural aspects of representing an asylum seeker in affirmative and defensive asylum cases. Successful asylum representation includes sensitivity to working with clients from diverse backgrounds who have frequently experienced trauma, and we will discuss strategies for effective interviewing. Asylum seekers’ own testimony as to why they fear return to their country of origin is critical in asylum cases, and legal representatives will learn techniques for writing a compelling asylum declaration. This training is suitable for legal representatives new to asylum as well as those seeking a refresher.

Date: September 6, 2019
Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm*
Location: San Joaquin College of the Law, 901 5th Street, Clovis, CA 93
MCLE: 6 MCLE Credits Total: 5 General MCLE; 1 Elimination of Bias MCLE
Presenters: Christine Lin, Directing Attorney, CGRS-California; Sayoni Maitra, Staff Attorney, CGRS-California; Anne Peterson, Senior Staff Attorney, CGRS-California

For more details, please see flyer here.

RSVP here by August 29 for the asylum boot camp training.

*Note: the exact start and end time of the training may be adjusted. We will provide a more detailed agenda closer to the training.

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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