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From Buffalo to Everett, MA: Rampant Racism →

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Statement on White Supremacist Mass Shooting in Buffalo Lawyers for Civil Rights Condemns the Buffalo Massacre and White Supremacist Terrorism On Saturday, May 14, 2022, a white supremacist gunman murdered ten people and injured three others in a predominantly Black area of Buffalo, New York. The killer preemptively published a...

Black Youth File Racial Profiling Complaint Against Medford Police Department →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Unlawful Traffic Stops Due to Race Persist in Massachusetts Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed an internal complaint with the Medford Police Department (MPD) on behalf of Jeremiah Mamousette and Hibaq Warsame, two Black college students who were illegally stopped, removed from their vehicle, searched, handcuffed and held at gunpoint in...

Lawsuit Filed to End HIV Discrimination in the Military →

Employment, Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Time to End The Military’s Discrimination Against Individuals Living with HIV Federal Lawsuit Challenges Military’s Ban on Enlisting and Commissioning from Military Academies  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont against U.S. military officials and the Vermont...

Statement on Supreme Court Draft Opinion →

Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Statement from Lawyers for Civil Rights on the U.S. Supreme Court Draft Opinion Leaked Draft Overturning Roe v. Wade Would Disproportionately Impact People of Color, Low-Income Individuals May 4, 2022 Earlier this week, a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion which would overrule Roe v. Wade became public. If this opinion is issued as drafted, it...

Lauren Sampson Day →

Race and Climate
At Lawyers for Civil Rights, we continue to remember the life and legacy of our friend and colleague, Lauren Sampson. Lauren's birthday, April 18, has been officially declared the Lauren Sampson Day of Environmental Justice by the City Council in Boston. We have also spearheaded the placement of a memorial plaque...

Displaced Minority Businesses Call on City to Halt Roxbury Development →

Economic Justice, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Community Groups Call On City To Halt Roxbury Development That Is Displacing Small, Minority-Owned Businesses Developer Made Repeated “No Displacement” Promises When Seeking City Approval  African Community Development of New England (ACEDONE) and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) formally called upon the City of Boston and the Boston Planning & Development Agency...

Brown Rudnick Launches Civil Rights Summer Fellowship at Lawyers for Civil Rights →

Employment, Events
Brown Rudnick LLP is pleased to announce the formation of the Brown Rudnick Civil Rights Summer Fellowship at Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), a Boston-based legal organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunity and fighting discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. Law students selected as Brown Rudnick Civil Rights Summer...

Health Issues in East Boston →

Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Civil Rights and Immigrants’ Rights Advocates Urge State Officials To Investigate Discriminatory, Substandard Medical Treatment By East Boston Neighborhood Health Center  MA Attorney General and Department of Public Health Asked To Investigate Harrowing Patient Reports Of Misdiagnosis, Delayed Care  Centro Presente and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) formally requested that the Massachusetts Attorney General...

Statement in Response to Title 42 Immigration Ruling →

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STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO TITLE 42 IMMIGRATION RULING FEDERAL APPEALS COURT RULES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT’S PRACTICE OF DEPORTING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES TO PERSECUTION AND TORTURE The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that immigrants cannot be deported to torture or persecution in a high-profile case, Huisha-Huisha...

Ahmaud Arbery Verdict Highlights Gaps In Local Hate Crime Enforcement →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
VICTIMS OF HIGH-PROFILE HATE CRIME IN BOSTON DECRY PERPETRATOR'S LENIENT SENTENCEJury Verdict Convicting Ahmaud Arbery’s Murderers of Hate Crimes Highlights Harmful Disparities In Local Hate Crime Enforcement Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) applauds the jury verdict that found Ahmaud Arbery’s killers – Travis and Gregory McMichael and William Bryan –...

Barnstable Sheriff’s Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials Illegal →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
Barnstable Sheriff’s Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials Illegal, Lawsuit Says Taxpayers Ask Massachusetts’ Highest Court To Declare 287(g) Agreements Unlawful A statewide coalition of taxpayers filed a petition today directly in Massachusetts’ highest court, seeking to invalidate an agreement between the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Statement on Lauren Sampson’s Passing →

Events
February 1, 2022 We are devastated to have lost Lauren Sampson, Senior Attorney at Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), who died on Sunday, January 30, 2022, in Cambridge, MA. At just 30 years old, Lauren was already a distinguished civil rights attorney and prominent community leader. Her loss will be profoundly felt...

Statement on Fall River Police →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Statement from Lawyers for Civil Rights in Support of BLM Protestors in Fall River, MA Following the murder of George Floyd, police reform was widely recognized as an urgent need.  But almost two years later, we are now seeing how entrenched institutional forces threaten to impede progress. In Massachusetts, at the...

Petición de Derechos Humanos Por Abuso Fronterizo →

Coronavirus, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
CIEN ORGANIZACIONES INSTAN A LA COMISIÓN INTERAMERICANA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS A INVESTIGAR ABUSOS Y RACISMO EN LA FRONTERA DE ESTADOS UNIDOS Se necesita monitoreo internacional de los derechos humanos para proteger a los haitianos y los centroamericanos del maltrato y abuso estadounidense Una coalición diversa de cien (100) organizaciones de los...

100 Organizations File Human Rights Petition Against the U.S. →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
ONE HUNDRED ORGANIZATIONS URGE INTER-AMERICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE ABUSES AND RACISM AT THE U.S. BORDER International Human Rights Monitoring Needed To Protect Haitian And Central American Refugees from U.S. Mistreatment and Abuse A diverse coalition of one hundred (100) organizations from across the United States and Latin America have...

Applauding Boston’s Vaccine Mandate →

BizGrow, Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Employment, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
The Suffolk County Superior Court has allowed the City of Boston's COVID-19 vaccine mandate to take effect. Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) applauds the ruling. We stand with Mayor Michelle Wu in the implementation of the vaccine mandate. Through LCR’s Medical-Legal Partnership with MGH’s Community Health Center in Chelsea, we have seen firsthand how...

New Bedford and Fall River Small Businesses Help Raise Vaccine Awareness →

BizGrow, Coronavirus, Health Disparities
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Point32Health announced that 15 diverse- and women-owned small businesses located in New Bedford and Fall River have been awarded grants to promote vaccine awareness in their communities.  “As many features of the pandemic become endemic, it is critical to promote the economic revitalization of...

Boston’s Urgent Need to Diversify Public Contracts →

BizGrow, Economic Justice
Almost a year ago, following the release of a comprehensive study showing that the City of Boston was spending less than 2% of its contracting dollars on minority-owned businesses, the City promised to implement “the most structural reform city contracting has had in over a generation.”  Then-Mayor Walsh issued an...