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Congressional Record Highlights Our Life-Changing Work →

Immigrant Rights
On October 30, 2019, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley highlighted Lawyers for Civil Rights' life-changing and law-changing work on the record in a Congressional hearing on immigration oversight (available on C-SPAN at approximately 57:25). C-SPAN: Watching Deporting Critically Ill Immigrant Children At this time last year,  in honor of our 50th anniversary,...

Court Rules Against Boston Police In Hair Drug Test Case →

Employment, Police Accountability
Court Rules Against Boston Police In Challenge To Hair Drug Test And Civil Rights Groups Call For City To Immediately Halt All Use Of Test   Massachusetts's highest court has made clear once again that the controversial "Hair Test" used by the Boston Police Department (BPD) to test for employee drug...

Urging AG To Sue Lead Paint Companies →

Health Disparities, Housing
40 Public Health, Civil Rights Organizations and Leaders Urge Attorney General Maura Healey To Sue Lead Paint Companies Open Letter Describes Devastating Human And Financial Toll Of Lead Poisoning In Children Forty public health, civil rights, and community-based organizations and leaders issued an open letter today to Attorney General Maura...

Multi-Lingual Videos for Lowell Election →

Voting Rights
Multi-Lingual Public Education Videos Released Before Vote On New Electoral System For Lowell, MA City To Change Voting System Following Settlement Of Federal Voting Rights Lawsuit As part of a landmark settlement of a federal Voting Rights Act case brought by Asian American and Latinx residents of Lowell, Massachusetts, the...

Suffolk Downs Can’t Become Another Seaport →

Housing, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
Community Groups to the City of Boston: Suffolk Downs Can't Become Another Seaport Cities that are diverse and inclusive thrive. That is why development must be carefully planned, to avoid displacing long-time residents and businesses, communities of color, and low-wage workers. Housing in particular must be affordable to a broad...

Public Charge Rule Blocked →

Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
In two landmark decisions issued on October 11, 2019, federal courts in Washington and New York have blocked the Trump Administration’s unprecedented attempt to impose a wealth requirement on immigration. The so-called "public charge” rule will not go into effect on October 15 thus leaving the status quo in place....

Economists, Sociologists Weigh In On DACA →

Immigrant Rights
In Supreme Court Brief, Leading Scholars Confirm DACA Benefits Immigrants And The Country As A Whole Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and the law firm of Outten & Golden LLP filed an amicus brief in the consolidated DACA cases before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 14 prominent empirical scholars who study DACA and its effects. The...

Civil Rights Groups Assert Black & Latinx Lives Matter →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
In First Circuit, Civil Rights Groups File Brief Asserting That Black and Latinx Lives Matter Brief Highlights The Practical and Legal Challenges That People of Color Face in Police Interactions Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Center for Constitutional Rights and LatinoJustice PRLDEF in the U.S. Court...

Victory! Federal Court Upholds Harvard’s Admissions Policy →

Education, Racial Justice
Victory! Federal Court Upholds Harvard's Admissions Policy LCR Represents Diverse Group Of Students And Alumni Who Testified At Trial In Support Of Race-Conscious Admissions Federal Judge Allison D. Burroughs issued a landmark ruling today in favor of Harvard University in Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard. Today’s decision strongly reaffirms...

Lawsuit Challenging Expedited Removal Immigration Policy →

Immigrant Rights
Civil Rights and Community Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Sweeping Expedited Removal Immigration Policy in Federal Court  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Ropes and Gray LLP filed a federal lawsuit in the District of Columbia challenging the Trump Administration’s unprecedented plan to subject thousands of immigrants to “expedited removal” – a process that...

Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship →

Education, Employment, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Ropes & Gray Launches Justice Fellowship at Lawyers for Civil Rights Legal Fellowship Builds On Successful Pro Bono Partnership in Landmark Voting Rights Case Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced the creation of the Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship at Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), a Boston-based legal...

Healthcare Advocates Combat Public Charge Rule in Federal Court →

Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights
Healthcare Advocates Combat Anti-Immigrant Public Charge Rule in Federal Court Continuing the battle against the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda, Lawyers for Civil Rights filed an amicus brief on Friday in a pending lawsuit challenging the federal government’s unprecedented expansion of the public charge rule.  The brief highlights the significant harm...

Lawsuit Filed To Protect Immigrants With Medical Conditions →

Immigrant Rights
ACLU, Lawyers for Civil Rights file lawsuit to protect life-saving government program for immigrants with critical illnesses Lawsuit filed on behalf of the Irish International Immigrant Center The ACLU of Massachusetts and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) today filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s abrupt termination of a government...

Driver’s Licenses For All →

Immigrant Rights
Under the leadership of the Brazilian Worker Center, Lawyers for Civil Rights testified at the Massachusetts State House in support of the Work and Family Mobility Act, proposed legislation that would make driver’s licenses available to all qualified state residents, regardless of immigration status. Many immigrants find it impossible to meet...

New Report Outlines Solutions To Migrant Crisis →

Immigrant Rights
New Report Outlines Policy Solutions To Address The Migrant Crisis Report Calls On Policymakers To Cease Funding Militarization In Central America A delegation of U.S. elected officials, immigrant rights advocates, community leaders, and legal experts traveled to Central America in mid-August to observe the political, economic, and social realities that...

Class Action Challenges Background Checks →

Employment, Racial Justice
Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Massachusetts’ Use of Decades Old Juvenile Court Records To Permanently Bar Employees From Childcare Work Lawsuit Alleges Blanket Ban Disproportionately Affects Employees of Color  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Lichten & Liss-Riordan P.C. filed a class action lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court against the Massachusetts Department of Early...

Commemorating School Integration In Boston →

Education, Racial Justice
  This Fall, Boston's public schools will welcome its 45th integrated class. Students from diverse backgrounds will be learning and growing with and from each other. This accomplishment would have been unimaginable decades ago, and is worthy of celebration. Our schools were integrated by Morgan v. Hennigan, a landmark case...

Fact-Finding Delegation on Migrant Crisis →

Immigrant Rights
In Response to Migrant Crisis, Elected Officials and Community Leaders Join Fact-Finding Delegation to Central American Countries A delegation of elected officials, community leaders, legal experts, and journalists are traveling to observe country conditions in Central America. The delegation will closely examine the conditions that are contributing to the ongoing...