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Defending asylum seekers in court is at the heart of what we do. The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies is committed to protecting as many refugees as possible under existing law even as we work for a more just legal system. We litigate in two key areas: advancing substantive asylum law to keep legal avenues open for refugees and protecting the asylum system itself to make sure that people have access to a fair legal process. This litigation docket provides an update on some of the major cases that CGRS is fighting in court.

Grace v. Barr

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CGRS and the ACLU won an injunction blocking the government from rejecting survivors of gender- and gang-related violence in initial asylum screenings at the border.

M.A. v. Mayorkas

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CGRS, the ACLU, and the National Immigrant Justice Center have filed a lawsuit challenging the application of President Biden's asylum ban in credible fear interviews and related policy changes.

Matter of A-B-

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We successfully advocated for Attorney General Garland to vacate the Trump-era ruling in Matter of A-B-, which slammed the door on refugee survivors of domestic violence.