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TA Program New Resources and Upcoming Trainings

CGRS regularly adds new resources to the TA Library, schedules upcoming trainings, and makes technical improvements and updates to our site. Keep an eye on this page for program updates!

Please note that the resources listed below are limited to those authored by CGRS or universal expert declarations provided by CGRS. Our TA Library also includes a wide range of third-party materials such as sample briefs, unpublished decisions, and resources authored by other organizations. We encourage you to check the TA Library regularly for new and helpful resources.

New Litigation Support Resources
Jun 7, 2024
New CGRS Webinar: Investigating Climate-Related Aspects of an Asylum Claim: Case Examples

CGRS has added a new webinar which focuses on how to identify and analyze U.S. asylum claims involving climate change and environmental disasters, including rapid- and slower-onset climate events, and how to elicit critical facts to support such claims.

Jun 6, 2024
New CGRS Webinar: Overview to Affirmative Asylum Procedure

CGRS has added a webinar in which we discuss which agency and asylum office has jurisdiction over an applicant’s case and which federal court precedent applies; cover the mechanics of filing an I-589 application; and discuss what to expect after the I-589 has been filed.

May 28, 2024
New Expert Declaration: Dr. Mneesha Gellman on Violence Against Women, State and Gang Violence in El Salvador

CGRS has released a new universal declaration authored by Dr. Mneesha Gellman which addresses gender-based violence in the context of gangs in El Salvador.

May 16, 2024
New CGRS Webinar: Representing Asylum Seekers Who May Be Subject to the Circumvention of Lawful Pathways Rule

CGRS has added a new webinar on the Circumvention of Lawful Pathways Rule. In this webinar, CGRS attorneys discuss to whom the Rule applies, who may claim an exception, and when the presumption of ineligibility may be rebutted.

Apr 23, 2024
New CGRS Webinar: Leveraging CGRS Technical Assistance to Support a Client’s Fear-of-Return Claim

This webinar demonstrates how advocates handling fear-of-return claims can leverage the free resources provided by CGRS’s TA Program. We showcase new features on our site, provide guidance on obtaining tailored resources for your cases, and offer tips on utilizing these materials effectively.

Mar 28, 2024
New CGRS Practice Advisory: Arguing Against the Circumvention of Lawful Pathways Rule (Mar. 2024)

CGRS has added a new practice advisory which walks through the Circumvention of Lawful Pathways rule. This Rule creates a rebuttable presumption of ineligibility for asylum for many people who fear return to their home countries.

Mar 28, 2024
New CGRS Country Conditions Toolkit: Political Opinion Nicaragua

CGRS has added a new toolkit which includes pertinent resources on the historical and social context of political persecution in Nicaragua, the prevalence of this type of harm, and violence targeted at specific groups based on their political activities.

Mar 28, 2024
New CGRS Country Conditions Toolkit: Cartel and Gang Violence in Mexico

CGRS has added a new toolkit which includes pertinent resources on the historical and social context of cartels and gangs in Mexico, the prevalence of this type of harm, and violence targeted at specific groups of people.

Mar 21, 2024
New CGRS Webinar: Country Conditions Research and Evidentiary Submissions in Affirmative Asylum Proceedings

CGRS has added a new webinar in which CGRS staff discuss how to conduct country conditions research, including sources and databases to consider, and how to organize evidentiary submissions for the asylum office.

Events & Trainings

CGRS regularly holds and participates in events and trainings in California and around the country and internationally to increase awareness, knowledge, and expertise on refugee law and policy and human rights. Our events and trainings are generally open to the public, including attorneys, government officials, human rights advocates, social service providers, law and undergraduate students, media and others. If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring an event or training, please contact us at

Jun 21, 2024
CGRS In-Person Training: Dissecting the Particular Social Group Protected Ground in Asylum Claims

Join CGRS for an in-person workshop on particular social groups (PSGs). CGRS attorneys will break down the concepts of immutability, social distinction, and particularity; address circularity concerns; and discuss evidentiary considerations for PSG claims. ​​​​​​

Sep 12, 2024
CGRS MCLE Webinar: Overview of Asylum Eligibility

Please join CGRS for a webinar overview of asylum law. CGRS attorneys will walk through the substantive eligibility requirements for asylum and discuss common fact patterns. Eligibility for the related forms of relief of withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture will also be discussed.

Sep 20, 2024
CGRS MCLE Webinar: Overview to Withholding of Removal Claims

Join CGRS for a webinar on statutory withholding of removal claims. We will discuss the differences between asylum and withholding of removal, discuss the different standards applicants must meet to establish their entitlement to withholding, provide scenarios on when to consider withholding claims for your clients, and provide strategies for representing clients before EOIR.


Other TA Program News and Updates
Jun 13, 2024
Take CGRS's TA Survey

CGRS strives to continually improve our TA program to ensure our materials are relevant, easy to access, and helpful.  We are currently conducting a survey of our users and would appreciate your feedback so we know how to better assist you and other advocates. This survey will be open until June 17, 2024.

Apr 23, 2024
New feature: edit your case intake after submitting

You can now edit your own case record to add new information and immediately get relevant materials in the TA Library. Go to your My Account page to edit.

Mar 19, 2024
New case intake form feature

CGRS has added a field to our case intake form to track asylum ban cases.

Jul 29, 2023
New CGRS domain

CGRS's website domain has changed from to Links to the old site will automatically update, but please note the new name when searching for our site.

Feb 1, 2023
New feature in the Expert Witness Database

Organizations or clinics offering expert evaluations are now listed in the Expert Witness Database.

Apr 1, 2023
Share a TA Library with co-counsel

If you are working on a case with other colleagues, clinic students, or pro bono counsel, add others as shared users to access the same resources and save time. To share, click Share Case on the case record.

Submit resources for inclusion in the TA Library

Support CGRS by helping expand our TA Library! We welcome submissions of sample briefs, country conditions research, universal declarations, and more.

Help Support CGRS!

CGRS relies on individual donations to provide informative events and trainings free of charge. Please consider donating to support our work. Donate here.

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