Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Seeks a Staff Attorney


The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), based at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, one of the nation’s leading refugee advocacy organizations, works to advance the human rights of women, children, LGBT and other refugees who flee persecution, both in the United States and internationally. We provide nationally recognized expert consultation, including trainings, resource development and legal advice, in thousands of asylum cases each year, many of which result in grants of protection. CGRS also shapes asylum law through involvement in key cases with potential to set precedent, and ensures government accountability through groundbreaking and original research that analyzes adjudication trends. We improve conditions on the ground to prevent refugee flight by presenting the results of international human rights fact-finding, analyzing implementation of existing laws, and collaborating with grassroots movements to advocate for law reform and other justice measures. For more information about CGRS, visit


Typical duties and responsibilities consist of, but are not limited to, the following:

 Respond to attorney requests for expert consultation including by consulting on legal strategy, reviewing and providing feedback on legal documents – such as briefs, decisions, motions, and asylum applications;

 Assist with provision of front line consultation to attorneys, including sending template, and tailored materials where necessary, as well as creating and updating templates;

 Develop expert consultation and training materials including, for example, country conditions research and practice advisories;

 Work with expert witnesses to prepare general declarations to support asylum cases;

 Conduct trainings, webinars, and other presentations for attorneys and other advocates;

 Monitor progress of cases that we consult on, track outcomes, and identify trends for advocacy and potential litigation;

 Write periodic reports summarizing relevant BIA and federal court decisions, as well as other agency decisions and outcomes obtained through tracking and monitoring of cases;

 Research and write on key legal issues;

 Participate in the various stages of appellate advocacy;

 Participate in implementation of national policy and advocacy strategies;

 Create content for the CGRS website and social media;

 Engage in international human rights research and advocacy;

 Participate in other projects and duties on an as-needed basis.


To apply, go to: %20CGRS%20Oct2016

Failure to provide the information as required on the application form including attaching a cover letter and a resume shall immediately disqualify an applicant from employment consideration.


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