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Immigrants File Federal Class Action Against Florida’s Governor →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Federal Class Action Challenges the Fraudulent Scheme Victimizing Nearly 50 Vulnerable Immigrants in Martha’s Vineyard September 20, 2022 Boston – Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a federal civil rights class action lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Secretary of Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue, the State...

Legal First Responders for Migrants in Martha’s Vineyard →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights is providing free legal support to the immigrants who were recklessly expelled from Texas and Florida. In response to this unprecedented event, LCR rapidly mobilized to deploy attorneys and staff to Martha's Vineyard. On the ground since early Thursday morning, LCR has helped to coordinate free...

Response to Orange Line Shutdown →

Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) has issued a letter to federal authorities voicing opposition to public statements by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regarding Greater Boston’s Orange Line shutdown. LCR recently pointed out that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) violated federal law by failing to conduct a service equity analysis before...

Navigating Dobbs: A Guide for Small Businesses →

BizGrow, Health Disparities
Navigating Dobbs: A Guide for Small Businesses Last updated August 29, 2022 In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, eviscerating the fundamental right to reproductive health. The civil rights implications are overwhelming. While we have not yet seen the extent of the...

Illegal and Discriminatory Orange Line Closure →

Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) has requested federal intervention and oversight in connection with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) improper shutdown of the Orange Line.  As a federally-funded entity, the MBTA is prohibited from conduct that has an unjustified impact based on race, color, or national origin. The Federal...

Boston’s Initiative to Promote Diversity Within Development Industry →

Housing
Statement on the City of Boston’s Initiative to Promote Diversity Within Boston’s Private Development Industry Lawyers for Civil Rights Applauds the City’s New Policy to Request Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Information in the Filing Process for Large Private Development Projects On August 11, 2022, Mayor Michelle Wu and the Boston...

Defending Diversity in Higher Education in the Supreme Court →

Education, Racial Justice
Civil Rights Lawyers File Supreme Court Brief Supporting Affirmative Action on Behalf Of Harvard Students and Alumni  The brief, filed in support of the respondents in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, uplifts how Harvard's race-conscious admissions policy leads to a diverse campus that benefits all students. The Lawyers’ Committee...

Federal Suit Against Police for Racially Profiling Black Man in Arlington, MA →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Arlington Police Department Racially Profiles Young Black Man Walking Home Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed to Address Racial Profiling and Excessive Force Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and pro bono counsel, Stephen Hall of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Donovan Johnson, a 20-year-old Black man and a...

LCR’s Legal Warriors at Lav Law →

BizGrow, Economic Justice, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights at the 2022 Lavender Law Conference  LCR’s legal warriors and our pro bono partners will be presenting on a wide range of cutting-edge civil rights and intersectional issues at the upcoming Lavender Law Conference hosted by the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association in Los Angeles. This is where...

State Law Inhibits Municipal Supplier Diversity →

BizGrow, Racial Justice
New Research Finds State Law Inhibits Municipal Efforts to Increase Supplier Diversity  Over the next five years, cities and towns in Massachusetts will have over $7 billion to spend from the federal recovery and infrastructure bills. However, Massachusetts municipalities are poorly-positioned to invest these dollars equitably, due to constraints imposed...

Race/Gender Gaps in Boston’s Municipal Workforce →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) issued an open letter to Mayor Michelle Wu outlining findings based on public records disclosures from four Boston agencies: the Boston Police Department (BPD), Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC), and Boston Public Works Department (BPWD). LCR submitted public records...

Condemning Lax Sentencing in East Boston Hate Crime →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lax Sentencing in East Boston Hate Crime Endangers Spanish-Speaking Community The East Boston District Court has failed to meaningfully sentence Stephanie Armstrong in connection with the heinous attack on a Latinx mother and minor in East Boston. This follows on the heels of the lax sentencing of another white assailant,...

Emergency Relief Sought Against the Military to End HIV Discrimination →

Employment, Racial Justice
Emergency Relief Sought Against the Military to End HIV Discrimination   Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a preliminary injunction in Doe v. Austin, a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging the U.S. military’s discriminatory policies against people living with HIV. This motion seeks emergency relief to return a young Latinx man living with...

Condemning the Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs →

Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Condemning the Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Reckless and Dangerous Decision Undermines Healthcare Disproportionately Endangering People of Color, Low Income Individuals The U.S. Supreme Court has eviscerated Roe v. Wade, stripping the fundamental right to reproductive health. This decision is an abomination. It is a blatant attack on access...

Annual Civil Rights Reception (June 2022) →

Events
Lawyers for Civil Rights will host its annual civil rights reception on June 23 at 5:30 PM. At the reception, we will honor Boston Impact Initiative and MGH's Community Health Improvement Team. Lawyers for Civil Rights (Zoom Event)When: Jun 23, 2022 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: Lawyers for...

Meet LCR | HealthJustice →

Health Disparities
Our medical-legal partnership is now LCR | HealthJustice For nearly two decades, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) has partnered with MGH-Chelsea to provide free legal assistance to the most vulnerable patients, including people with disabilities seeking public benefits and those who are threatened with eviction. In recent years, we’ve expanded...

Boston’s Land Audit →

Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights Applauds and Encourages the City’s Effort to Identify Public Land that Can Be Used to Promote Housing Justice  On June 15, 2022, Mayor Michelle Wu released a highly anticipated report on the audit of city-owned land in Boston. The report, which links to an interactive map of municipal real estate...

East Boston Patients Urge AG to Investigate and Reform →

Health Disparities, Racial Justice
As Investigations Into East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Continue, Community Demands Reforms To Stop Discriminatory, Substandard Care MA Attorney General and Department of Public Health Investigating Harrowing Patient Reports Of Misdiagnosis, Delayed Care  In a letter sent to the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Department of Public Health today, Lawyers for...