Our latest accomplishments

Summer Justice →

Economic Justice, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Injustice doesn't take a break during the summer. That's why our legal warriors have been busy fighting for equality and justice.   On the policing front, we're suing the Needham Police Department on behalf of Marvin Henry, a Black man who was arrested and falsely accused of shoplifting. We're also publicly calling for greater police transparency and fairness.In...

Over 300 Minority-Owned Businesses Attend BizGrow Conference →

Economic Justice, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights and nearly two dozen Boston law firms and corporate sponsors will host the BizGrow Conference a free event providing hundreds of minority-owned, woman-owned, and immigrant-owned small businesses with free legal consultations and technical support. The BizGrow Conference will be held virtually on July 22, 2021 from...

Minority Voters Demand Electoral Changes in Haverhill →

Voting Rights
On the heels of several Massachusetts cities – including Lowell and Worcester – moving away from all “at-large” electoral systems for electing their city councils and school committees, minority voters in Haverhill are demanding a more democratic and representative electoral system. Led by the Latino Coalition, an organization whose mission is...

COVID-19 and Immigration Consequences →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights has been providing legal support to medical and statistical research surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on immigrants. Important findings based on data gathered during the pandemic in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Phoenix has been published by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study involved 336 Latinx immigrants...

Complaint Against the MA Department of Children & Families →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT FAMILIES FILE DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES   Today, Haitian-Americans United, the Greater Boston Latino Network, and Jane Doe, a mother and immigrant with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), filed a civil rights complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act against the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF)...

Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Police in Needham, Mass. →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed By Black Man Falsely Accused By Police in Needham, Mass. #JusticeforMarvinHenry Today, Marvin Henry, a Black father of four, filed a federal lawsuit against the Town of Needham, Massachusetts, alleging that the Needham Police Department violated his civil rights in January 2020, when police officers racially profiled Mr. Henry, and subjected him...

BizGrow Conference Schedule →

Economic Justice
We're excited to host our annual small business on July 22, 2021. Our conference schedule is available here: To access the live links, please click here and download the schedule to your computer.

Biden Administration Moves To Reinstate Disparate Impact Rule →

Housing, Racial Justice
On Heels of Nationwide Injunction, Biden Administration Moves To Fully Reinstate Disparate Impact Rule Citing extensively to a landmark nationwide injunction secured by Lawyers for Civil Rights and Anderson & Kreiger, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is reinstating anti-discrimination protections in the Fair Housing Act. These critical...

Celebrating 20 Years of Economic Justice →

Economic Justice, Events
We're excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of LCR | BizGrow, our economic justice project providing free legal support to small businesses. The virtual celebration will take place on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 5:30 PM. More event information is available here. To join the event, guests will just have to click...

Civil Rights Investigation of the MBTA →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP CALLS ON U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO INVESTIGATE MBTA FOR CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS Unwarranted Shut-down of MBTA Services After Black Lives Matter Protest Cited As One Of Many MBTA Practices Harmful To Communities Of Color Following the one-year anniversary of the abrupt decision by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation...

Applauding the Closure of the Bristol County Immigration Detention Facility →

Immigrant Rights
STATEMENT OF SAVINO COUNSEL ON CLOSURE OF BRISTOL COUNTY IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITY As immigrant rights and civil rights groups that have long raised humanitarian concerns about Bristol County’s ICE detention facility, we applaud today’s decision by the Biden/Harris Administration to shutter the facility and end the agreement that deputized Bristol County officers...

Racial Disparities Suffered by Black & Latinx Children in Foster Care →

Racial Justice
Supreme Judicial Court to Hear Case Implicating Deep Disparities Suffered by Black & Latinx Children in Foster Care Civil Rights Amicus Brief Urges Court To Require Greater Efforts To Reunify Families The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) will hear oral argument in a case concerning the obligation of the Department of Children and...

Victory! Federal Appeals Court Rejects Attempt to Hold Up School Decisions →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
VICTORY! FEDERAL APPEALS COURT REJECTS PLAINTIFF’S REQUEST TO HOLD UP SCHOOL DECISIONS  In a unanimous decision issued on April 28, 2021, the Chief Judge and two Circuit Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected an eleventh-hour attempt by a group seeking to halt the...

Safe Protest Fact Sheet →

Police Accountability
Tips and guidance for protestors on staying safe and asserting your right to protest.

Statement on Derek Chauvin →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Prosecutors Must Use Their Power To Fight Police Misconduct The convictions for second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, is the first step towards rebuilding trust in communities of color...

Settlement Reached In COVID-19 Class Action Against Bristol County →

Coronavirus, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Please scroll below for the settlement agreement in Savino v Souza, the landmark class action lawsuit challenging unsafe conditions at the Bristol County House of Correction (BCHOC) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Settlement Reached In Landmark COVID-19 Class Action Case Against Bristol County House of Correction The parties in Savino v...

Victory on Boston’s Selective Public Schools →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
VICTORY! FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS INTERIM PLAN FOR ADMISSION TO BOSTON’S HIGHLY SELECTIVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS In a decision issued on April 15, 2021, Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts soundly rejected efforts by a group seeking to overturn the Boston Public Schools’ Interim...

Accelerating Police Reforms →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Accelerating Police Reforms Amidst Continued Police Violence As the criminal trial of Derek Chauvin – the officer who killed George Floyd – unfolds in Minnesota, we continue to see alarming incidents of police violence against people of color.  On March 29, 2021, the same day that Chauvin’s trial began, an officer shot...