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Massachusetts Fails Minority Contractors (Again) →

Economic Justice, Racial Justice
STATEMENT ON BAKER ADMINISTRATION'S FAILURE TO MEANINGFULLY CONTRACT WITH MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES Lawyers for Civil Rights condemns the Baker Administration's blatant misrepresentation of state contracting numbers with minority-owned businesses in Massachusetts. Recent reporting by WGBH reveals that in 2020, the Commonwealth spent just $301 million in direct contracts with minority-owned businesses out of...

Closing the Digital Divide →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
FRAGMENTED ACCESS: LOW INCOME, STUDENTS OF COLOR SHOULDER EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGES AS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE WIDENS Tech Inequity Has Exacerbated Pandemic-Driven Lost Learning For Low-Income, Black and Latinx Students In Massachusetts As the new school year begins, education advocates, youth-serving organizations, and civil rights lawyers sent an open letter to the...

Barnstable County Sheriff’s Immigration Entanglement is Illegal →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights sent a demand letter to the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office to terminate the controversial and illegal agreement with federal immigration officials. The letter is available here:

Victory! Sheriff Ends Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
Following Landmark Ruling in Taxpayer Lawsuit, Massachusetts Sheriff Announces He Will Terminate Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials  Following an adverse ruling in a high-profile legal challenge to the ability of Massachusetts sheriffs to enforce federal immigration law, Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald announced today that he is terminating his office’s “287(g) agreement”...

Incident Reminiscent of Lynching in Martha’s Vineyard Camp →

Racial Justice
Martha’s Vineyard Camp Releases Report on Disturbing Attack of a Young Black Child Recently, the Chilmark Town Affairs Council in Martha’s Vineyard released a six-page report regarding a disturbing incident at a children’s camp at the Chilmark Community Center on July 29, 2021, where two white campers attacked an 8-year-old Black child and...

Civil Rights & Fair Housing Groups Support Disparate Impact Rule →

Housing, Racial Justice
Following Litigation Victory, Civil Rights and Fair Housing Organizations Submit Comments in Strong Support of 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 (HUD) is reinstating anti-discrimination protections in the Fair Housing Act. These critical...

Body Cavity Searches Trigger Lawsuit Against Federal Officials →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
The Boston College Civil Rights Clinic and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) jointly filed a lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of Neisa Ortega and her 14-year-old daughter after Ms. Ortega was subjected to repeated invasive body searches and sexual violations over the course of one year at the hands of...

Taxpayer Challenge To Sheriff’s Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials Can Proceed →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Judge Rules That Taxpayer Challenge To Massachusetts Sheriff’s Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials Can Proceed In a high-profile legal challenge to the ability of sheriffs in Massachusetts to enforce federal immigration law, a Superior Court judge has denied Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald’s attempt to dismiss the case, ruling that the...

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...