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The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is a leading voice in the movement to rebuild the U.S. asylum system and expand access to protection for women, children, LGBTQ+ people, and others seeking refuge. Our Policy & Advocacy team serves as a critical resource on asylum to policymakers, journalists, and the public. We provide rapid analysis of policy developments and offer practical recommendations for decision-makers at all levels of government, advising our leaders on how to ensure the United States lives up to its legal and moral commitments to people fleeing persecution.

CGRS Comment in Response to DHS and DOJ Request for Comments: Circumvention of Lawful Pathways, 88 Fed. Reg. 31314

Executive Branch Comment
Jun 14, 2023

We submitted our analysis of the government's final "asylum ban" rule, which bars from asylum most people seeking protection at the U.S. southern border. Our comment urges the agencies to withdraw the rule in its entirety.

Asylum Claims for Individuals Fleeing Climate Change or Environmental Disasters: Making the Best Use of Existing Legal Frameworks

Factsheet
Jun 14, 2023

This document summarizes CGRS's practice advisory on Analyzing Asylum Claims for Individuals Fleeing Climate Change or Environmental Disasters, which outlines ways in which climate-displaced individuals may be able to avail themselves of protection under U.S. law and identifies considerations for advocates arguing for eligibility within the existing asylum framework.

Détérioration des conditions de détention dans la prison civile de Jérémie, en Haïti: Un appel à l'action pour préserver la vie humaine et le droit à un procès équitable

Report
Jun 01, 2023

CGRS, UC Law SF students, and partners at the Catholic Law School of Jeremie investigate conditions in the prison in Jeremie, Haiti, finding grave violations of human rights and offering recommendations for restoring them.

Kondisyon k ap grangennen nan prizon Jeremi, Ayiti:Apèl alaksyon pou prezève garanti pou respè lavi moun, avèk pou yo jwenn yon pwosè jis epi ekitab

Report
Jun 01, 2023

CGRS, UC Law SF students, and partners at the Catholic Law School of Jeremie investigate conditions in the prison in Jeremie, Haiti, finding grave violations of human rights and offering recommendations for restoring them.

Far from Safety: Dangers and Limits to Protection for Asylum Seekers Transiting through Latin America

Report
Apr 21, 2023

This report covers the legal and policy context of the Biden administration’s proposed "asylum ban" and highlights nine transit countries' inability to protect asylum seekers. It also provides recommendations to the U.S. government based on its legal and moral obligations to refugees.

Making a Mockery of Asylum: The Proposed Asylum Ban, Relying on the CBP One App for Access to Ports of Entry, Will Separate Families and Deny Protection

Report
Mar 27, 2023

This factsheet presents findings from a series of interviews with individuals and families in Tijuana, focused on their experiences using the U.S. government's CBP One app and awaiting an opportunity to exercise their legal right to seek asylum at the U.S. border, which the Biden administration's proposed asylum ban will greatly undermine.