CGRS Litigation Support Materials

To request any of the following materials, please request assistance in your asylum case.

CGRS produces a wide range of resources to assist attorneys representing women, children, and LGBT asylum seekers, among other refugees fleeing persecution. We publish practice advisories pertaining to particular issues in asylum law and compile country conditions documentation on countries around the world that are continually updated and expanded. 

In addition, we also have expert declarations on conditions in particular countries and on key issues that arise in asylum cases. These declarations can be submitted as evidence in asylum cases before the Asylum Office and Immigration Courts. 

Practice Advisories Available on Request


  • Domestic Violence Asylum: CGRS Practice Advisory

  • Female Genital Cutting Asylum Cases: CGRS Overview and Advice


  • CGRS's Children's Asylum Manual: A Resource for Practicioners

Country Conditions Reports Available on Request

  • CGRS has numerous reports on a variety of topics and countries. Please fill out our request for assistance form to request a copy of our country conditions reports.  If we do not have country conditions documentation on a particular issue, depending on the timeline, we can often research and prepare a dedicated report upon request.

Expert Declarations Available on Request

LGBT Persecution

  • El Salvador  Allison Davenport, Clinical Instructor with the International Human Rights Law Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law

Gender-Based Violence

  • El Salvador – Aracely Bayona, lawyer in El Salvador

  • El Salvador – America Romualdo, practicing attorney in El Salvador

  • Guatemala – Elisa Portillo Najera, practicing attorney in Guatemala

  • Guatemala – Linda B. Green, Professor of Anthropology in the United States (violence against indigenous women)

  • Honduras – Claudia Hermannsdorfer, Honduran attorney

  • Mexico – Alicia Elena Perez Duarte y Norona, practicing attorney in Mexico

Children: Status in Society and Violence Against Children

  • El Salvador – Roberto Rodríguez Meléndez, Professor of Law in El Salvador

  • Honduras – Dr. Ubaldo Herrera Coello, children’s rights expert in Honduras

  • Mexico – Gail Mummert, Professor of Anthropology in Mexico

General Topics (not specific to a country)

  • Domestic Violence – Nancy K.D. Lemon, Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law

  • Incest – Dr. Judith L. Herman, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

  • Female Genital Cutting – Hanny Lightfoot-Klein, scholar on female genital cutting