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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 →

Education
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...

Penniless Refugees Oppose Asylum Fees →

Immigrant Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) with pro bono assistance from WilmerHale filed a comment yesterday opposing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) creation of an asylum application fee. The first of its kind, the application fee would condition humanitarian relief on the ability to pay.   For our clients, who are literally penniless, the...

Demystifying Form I-9 (Bilingual Guide) →

Economic Justice, Employment
Best Practices and Tips for Employees and Employers [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Demystifying-Form-I-9-El-Formulario-I-9.pdf" title="Demystifying Form I-9 : El Formulario I-9"] [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/I-9-PalmCard-Spanish-2.pdf" title="I-9 PalmCard Spanish 2"]

Tools to Fight Hate: Know-Your-Rights PalmCards →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Tools To Fight Hate: Know-Your-Rights PalmCards [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Intimidation-Harassment-and-Bullying.pdf" title="Intimidation, Harassment and Bullying"]

Civil Rights Group to AG’s Office: Investigate McKinsey →

Immigrant Rights
In an open letter to the Attorneys General of New York and Massachusetts, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) urged immediate action to investigate McKinsey & Company and to sever state ties with the firm in light of its apparent role in fostering and designing unlawful immigration detention conditions. McKinsey's apparent deceptive business...

Our Economic Justice Project is now BizGrow →

Economic Justice
We are proud to announce that our Economic Justice Project is now LCR | BizGrow. Growing wealth in historically disadvantaged communities is a critical civil rights issue. For nearly 20 years, we have helped close the wealth gap by fueling equitable economic growth and providing free legal support to thousands of...

2019 Annual Report →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Check out our latest work. Our 2019 year-in-review is available here: [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-Annual-Report-DIGITAL.pdf" title="2019 Annual Report DIGITAL"]

Free Legal Support For Small Businesses Affected by Columbia Gas Explosion →

Economic Justice
Lawyers Provide Free Legal Support To Small Businesses Affected by Columbia Gas Explosion in Massachusetts  Ropes & Gray and Lawyers for Civil Rights Partner to Help Businesses File Claims Ahead of Jan. 9 Deadline Through an innovative partnership, Ropes & Gray and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) have launched an effort...

Boston Police Must Discontinue Hair Drug Test →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Statement of Community Organizations Urging Boston Police to Discontinue Hair Drug Test It’s time for the City of Boston to take a stand against Psychemedics’ hair drug test. The under-signed organizations have long been extremely concerned about the critical lack of racial diversity in the Boston Police Department (BPD) and...

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...