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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 Today, 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...

Condemning Failure to Prosecute Hate Crime →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Condemning Failure to Prosecute Hate Crime in New Hampshire Lawyers for Civil Rights strongly condemns the failure of the New Hampshire Attorney General to classify the near-lynching of a bi-racial 8 year old boy in 2017 as a hate incident.  This abdication of responsibility means that the Attorney General will...

Calling on Boston to Diversify Public Contracts →

Economic Justice
Minority Contractors, Community Groups, and Legal Leaders Call on the City of Boston to Diversify Public Contracts In an open letter a broad-based coalition of organizations and community leaders called upon Mayor Martin Walsh and the City of Boston to take immediate steps to ensure greater participation of Minority- and...

100 Lawyers Offer Free Support to 250 Entrepreneurs →

Economic Justice
100+ Attorneys to Offer Free Legal Help to Small Minority- and Immigrant-Owned Businesses at “BizGrow” One-Day Event Expected To Assist Over 250 Entrepreneurs Lawyers for Civil Rights and 14 Boston law firms and corporate sponsors will host BizGrow, a free event providing hundreds of small minority-owned and immigrant-owned small businesses with...

The Migrant Crisis: Yes, You Can Help →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Editorial in the Boston Globe: "Through aggressive legal action, Lawyers for Civil Rights has repeatedly challenged the anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration. For instance, the Boston-based organization has sued the federal government to get compensation for local families affected by the federal government’s child-separation policy last year. The nonprofit...

Immigration Raids / Redadas →

Immigrant Rights
Immigration raid tips: 1) Your home is your castle. You do not have to open the door unless ICE officers have a judicial warrant. To be clear, an administrative or immigration warrant is not sufficient. 2) You have the right to see the judicial warrant. Ask the ICE officers to...

HUD Will Render Immigrants Homeless →

Housing, Immigrant Rights
HUD's Proposed Rule Would Render Immigrants Homeless Lawyers for Civil Rights submitted comments in strong opposition to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) proposed rule on Verification of Eligible Status. If adopted, this proposed rule would cause undocumented members of mixed status families to lose access to...

50 Years After Stonewall →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
50 Years After Stonewall, We Are Still Fighting for Inclusion by Kiki Tapiero and Iván Espinoza-Madrigal This month, many public spaces and storefronts are adorned with Pride banners and rainbow flags. It is tempting to believe that there is widespread support for the LGBTQ+ community and that queer people are...

Census Citizenship Question Gets Blocked →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
For Now, Census Citizenship Question Gets Blocked Handing civil rights and immigrants’ rights groups a victory, the U.S. Supreme Court this morning ruled that the Trump Administration’s rationale for including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census “seems to have been contrived,” and sent the matter back to the Commerce...

Census Art Contest →

Voting Rights
Click here for more information, including submission guidelines. La información en español sobre el concurso de arte estudiantil está disponible aquí.

Federal Judge Blocks ICE Courthouse Arrests →

Immigrant Rights
In a case brought by Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and our allies, U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani today issued a Preliminary Injunction stopping U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) "from civilly arresting parties, witnesses, and others attending Massachusetts courthouses on official business while they are going to, attending,...