Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

About Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) protects the fundamental human rights of refugee women, children, LGBTQ+ individuals, and others who turn to the United States for safe haven. We combine sophisticated legal strategies with policy advocacy and human rights interventions to hold the U.S. government accountable to its legal obligations to those fleeing persecution. CGRS has played a key role in every major precedent-setting gender-based asylum case in the last two decades, breaking new legal ground and winning crucial victories to protect refugees. Over the past four years we have fought back against an unrelenting barrage of attacks on the U.S. asylum system, which have escalated in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, our team of advocates are determined to defend the rights of asylum seekers and restore access to refugee protection in the United States.


Communications and Development Intern

June 2018 - August 2018 San Francisco, CA
“CGRS is a small non-profit, so interns get to know the attorneys and directors rather well. The weekly lunches and social gatherings hosted by CGRS gave me multiple opportunities to meet attorneys and learn about their various backgrounds that led them to a profession at a legal non-profit. Additionally, the work that CGRS does --strategic litigation for immigration cases-- is incredibly rewarding. ”
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