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Coronavirus Lawsuit Against ICE: Complaint & Declarations →

Coronavirus, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
On March 27, 2020, Lawyers for Civil Rights and Yale Law School’s Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic filed an emergency class action in federal court against ICE and the Bristol County Sheriff to secure the humanitarian release of immigrants because they are at risk of COVID-19 infection, illness, and...

Coronavirus Suit Filed Against ICE And Bristol County Sheriff →

Coronavirus, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Coronavirus Suit Filed Against ICE And Bristol County Sheriff For Release of All Persons In ICE Detention, Ban on New Admissions Class Action Alleges Life-Threatening & Inhumane Conditions: Guards With Symptoms, Lack of Sanitizer, Disinfectant, Toilet Paper, No Social Distancing March 27, 2020 A class action for emergency release has...

In #MeToo Case, Federal Court Rules Against McCormick & Schmick’s →

A favorable federal court decision brings five back-of-the-house Latina kitchen workers one step closer to trial in a sexual harassment lawsuit against national restaurant chain McCormick & Schmick’s.  In today’s ruling, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani held that a central figure in the women’s complaint is a “supervisor” under the...

Legal Responses to COVID-19 →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is launching a comprehensive legal and policy initiative across immigration, education, housing and the census to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on our most vulnerable communities. Specifically, we are advocating to: Stop immigration raids, detentions, and deportation during the public health crisis. ICE has...

Legal Help & Support During COVID-19 →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Racial Justice
We have created a COVID-19 page that will be updated regularly. For the most up-to-date information, click here. Establecemos una página sobre COVID-19 que se actualiza regularmente. Para las últimas noticias, haga clic aqui.

Emergency Measures Needed →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate
As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds rapidly, it is imperative that state and local policy leaders enact emergency measures that will protect the most vulnerable populations. For those with higher incomes and more social supports, the sudden changes in daily life due to the pandemic will be inconvenient and disruptive. But...

Urging Statewide Moratorium on Evictions in Light of COVID-19 →

Health Disparities, Housing
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in response to the outbreak of coronavirus, strongly encouraging all employees and students who feel sick to stay home. Baker’s message is an important one in response to this clear public health crisis. But government responses to this unfolding health emergency must...

Boston’s New ICE Policy Excludes Community Voices →

Education, Immigrant Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) condemns the City of Boston’s effort to move forward with critical policy decisions surrounding Boston Public Schools (BPS) and Boston Police Department (BPD) entanglement with ICE via the Boston Regional Information Center (BRIC) without vital community support. SIM, Unafraid Educators, and other key stakeholders have been...

Boston Police Must Comply With Public Records Law, Judge Rules →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
In a case of first impression, a Suffolk Superior Court judge has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the Boston Police Department’s (BPD) pattern and practice of violating the Massachusetts Public Records Law may proceed. The lawsuit, brought by Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) and David Godkin, from Birnbaum & Godkin...

Statement on Hate Crimes Charges in Boston →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
On behalf of the Vasquez family, victims of a hate crime in East Boston, Lawyers for Civil Rights applauds the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office for bringing felony hate crime charges against Jenny Ennamorati and Stephanie Armstrong. This is an important step toward holding Ennamorati and Armstrong accountable for the vile and violent...

Mother and 15-Year-Old Daughter Endure Hate Crime in Boston →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Victims Demand Hate Crime Investigation Against White Assailants CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO OF THE HATE CRIME In an unprovoked attack captured on video, a Latinx mother and her 15-year-old daughter were brutally assaulted by two white assailants because they were speaking Spanish, rather than English, near the Maverick Square...

Support for Black Lives Matter at School Week →

Education, Police Accountability
Earlier this week, Michael Leary, President of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA), opposed the Boston Teachers Union’s (BTU) support of Black Lives Matter At School Week—an annual week of action organized by a national coalition working for racial justice in education. Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) condemns the BPPA’s...

Smoking Gun Reveals Extent of Boston’s Intentional Exclusion of Students of Color from Exam Schools →

Test Maker Slams Boston for “Misapplication” of Exam and “Refusal” to Make Needed Reforms In a bombshell announcement, the makers of the test used by Boston Public Schools (BPS) in its exam school admissions process disclosed that it repeatedly warned BPS that it was misusing the test in a manner that...

Community Groups File Civil Rights Complaint To Halt Suffolk Downs Approval →

Housing, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
Complaint Alleges Review Process Is Inaccessible To Non-English Speakers, In Violation Of Federal Law Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), charging that the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) has violated federal civil rights law by...

New Immigration Resources →

Economic Justice, Employment, Immigrant Rights
New bilingual immigration guide and Form I-9 Guide: Guía de inmigración bilingüe y para el Formulario I-9:

Entanglement Between Boston Public Schools and ICE →

Education, Immigrant Rights
BPS Must Shut Down School-to-Deportation Pipeline Immediately Documents secured in a lawsuit brought by civil rights and education advocates show far more extensive interactions between Boston Public Schools (BPS) and federal immigration enforcement than the City has previously admitted. Since 2014, at least 135 student incident reports generated by BPS...

Victory! Liberians Triumph Over Trump →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
After two years fighting on behalf of Liberian immigrants, we are overjoyed to announced that Congress has legalized our Liberian clients. As news reports confirm: "In an era of deadlocked immigration policy, this marks the first time in decades that Congress has offered a pathway to citizenship to a new group...