Category: Coronavirus


Volunteer Opportunity: Housing Crisis →

Coronavirus, Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) is seeking volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students to help low-income families at risk of housing insecurity to apply for rental relief through the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (“RAFT”) program, a one-time grant administered by MetroHousing Boston that provides financial support to families...

State Fails to Send Khmer Vote-By-Mail Applications →

Coronavirus, Lowell Lines, Voting Rights
Civil Rights Organizations Call On Secretary of Commonwealth To Send Khmer-Translated Vote-By-Mail Applications Despite Legal Requirements, And Representations To Supreme Judicial Court, Galvin Fails To Mail Translated Applications Lawyers for Civil Rights and the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) today called upon Secretary of Commonwealth William Galvin to immediately implement the emergency State...

Support for Rhode Island Small Businesses →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights and Tufts Health Plan Team Up to Support Rhode Island Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 Crisis  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Tufts Health Plan are collaborating to provide support to struggling minority and women-owned small businesses located in Rhode Island communities particularly hard-hit by the...

Victory! Massachusetts Starts Sending Mail-In Ballot Applications →

Coronavirus, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Following an emergency petition filed in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) by seven Black, Latinx, and Asian-American voters, Common Cause Massachusetts, and MassVOTE, the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William Galvin has started sending mail-in ballot applications to voters. The case, Bertin v. Galvin, was filed by Lawyers...

150 Attorneys Support Over 250 Small Businesses →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Events, Racial Justice
Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights and over a 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. BizGrow will be held virtually from 9:30 AM to 5 PM....

Minority Voters Sue To Secure Mail-In Ballot Applications →

Coronavirus, Voting Rights
Minority Voters and Voting Rights Advocates Sue Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin Over Refusal to Send Mail-In Ballot Applications Today, seven Black, Latinx and Asian-American voters joined Common Cause Massachusetts and MassVOTE in filing a petition in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court seeking an order requiring Secretary of the...

Calling on BPS To Scrap The Test →

Coronavirus, Education
Lawyers for Civil Rights Calls On Boston Public Schools To Scrap Test For The O’Bryant, Boston Latin Academy and Boston Latin School In Light Of COVID-19 Pandemic and the Racial Digital Divide Urges School District To Follow Its Own Task Force Recommendation Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) calls upon Boston Public Schools (BPS) to adopt...

30 More Small Businesses Receive Reopening Support →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
FUNDING AWARDED TO THIRTY MORE DIVERSE SMALL BUSINESSES IN COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19  Lawyers for Civil Rights Provides Support to Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses Across Massachusetts Inspired by a successful and innovative partnership between Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Tufts Health Plan supporting small businesses affected by the...

Diverse Small Businesses Receive PPE Support →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
FUNDING AWARDED TO TWENTY DIVERSE SMALL BUSINESSES IN COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19  Lawyers for Civil Rights and Tufts Health Plan Program Providing Support to Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses Across Massachusetts Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Tufts Health Plan announced today that twenty small businesses have been awarded $1,000 grants  to purchase...

Housing Relief Assistance Initiative →

Coronavirus, Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights is launching a new pro bono initiative to connect those who need help paying rent or other housing expenses with volunteers who can help complete an application for RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) or the City of Boston's Rental Relief Fund. Our volunteers can help families at risk...

We are all Minneapolis →

Coronavirus, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Scenes reminiscent of the civil rights era are unfolding across the country. Black lives are at stake. Peaceful protesters, bystanders, and reporters have been injured and arrested.  Cities are on fire. Lawyers for Civil Rights was founded at the height of the civil rights movement to move racial justice struggles...

Coronavirus Pandemic Response →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Intake The demand for our free legal services has increased exponentially since the start of the public health and economic crisis.  Since March, we have received over 350 requests for legal assistance (intakes). The estimated demographic breakdown is as follows: 55% Black; 25% Latinx; 10% Asian American; and 10% other....

Collaboration with Tufts Health Plan to Support Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Tufts Health Plan are collaborating to provide support to struggling minority and women-owned small businesses located in communities that are particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible small businesses affected by the coronavirus can apply for $1000 to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), technology allowing their employees to work...

Victory for immigrants held in Bristol County! →

Coronavirus, Immigrant Rights
Court Finds Bristol County Sheriff and ICE Likely Violated Constitutional Rights of Immigrant Detainees in Their Care Orders Widespread COVID Testing and Prohibits Future Admissions In a powerful order, a federal court in Boston ruled strongly in favor of immigrants detained by ICE at Bristol County. The court ruled that...

COVID-19 Health Tips →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities
Planning Health Care in Advance During COVID-19 It is important to plan ahead in case of sudden illness that may prevent you from making real-time decisions about your medical care. You have the right to make your medical preferences followed, even if you can’t directly communicate them yourself. Planning for...

Launching Unemployment Assistance Initiative →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Employment
During the COVID-19 crisis the need for financial resources is growing, with over 22 million workers seeking unemployment assistance in the last few weeks. Although state and federal emergency legislation was promulgated to expand access to unemployment benefits, countless workers still need help completing the fairly complex online unemployment application....

Launching Relief Coalition for Small Businesses →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
Request small business legal support here: https://www.covidreliefcoalition.com/en/Forms/Intake-Form-for-Small-Businesses Small businesses and nonprofits are facing a challenging climate as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts their ability to keep their workforce employed and their doors open. In response, a coalition of law firms, nonprofits and government agencies—led by Ropes & Gray and its longstanding pro...

Coronavirus Legal Warriors →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
As legal first responders, at a time when many doors are closing, we are opening ours wider. In response to an unprecedented need, we're adding a new coronavirus legal warrior to our team. This expansion is critical to deepening and expanding free support for affected families, including help with unemployment...