Category: Coronavirus


Settlement Reached In Landmark COVID-19 Class Action Case Against Bristol County House of Correction →

Coronavirus, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Please scroll below for the settlement agreement in Savino v Souza, the landmark class action lawsuit challenging unsafe conditions at the Bristol County House of Correction (BCHOC) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Settlement Reached In Landmark COVID-19 Class Action Case Against Bristol County House of Correction The parties in Savino v...

State Must Provide More Vaccine Access →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) commends the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ commitment to increase trust, vaccine acceptance and administration rates through the Vaccine Equity Initiative. LCR particularly applauds the state’s efforts to accelerate the vaccination of essential workers. However, troubling statistics reveal persistent racial inequities in the state's current vaccination programs and the disproportionately...

Statement on the American Rescue Plan’s Disparities →

Coronavirus, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is deeply concerned to see that, under the much-lauded American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP), low-income communities of color like Chelsea, Massachusetts, will receive far less federal funding than whiter, wealthier communities. As the Boston Globe recently reported, Chelsea, "with a reported population of just under 40,000"...

Mobile Vaccinations with Whittier Street Health Center →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities
WHITTIER STREET HEALTH CENTER LAUNCHES COVID-19 MOBILE VACCINATION WITH COMMUNITY-BASED GROUPS IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN BOSTON  The Whittier Street Health Center (WSHC), a comprehensive and innovative health care and wellness center championing equitable access to high quality, cost-effective health care for diverse populations, proudly announces its partnership with community-based...

Urgent Vaccine Administration Recommendations →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities
As the Commonwealth begins Phase Two of its statewide vaccination program, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and the Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN) sent an open letter to the Governor's Office, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health with urgent vaccine administration...

Immigrants Improperly Excluded from Unemployment Benefits →

Coronavirus, Employment, Immigrant Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights has identified repeated instances of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who are being improperly denied unemployment benefits by the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The immigrants, including TPS recipients from Haiti, Honduras and El Salvador, are all legally permitted to receive unemployment benefits, particularly...

Eviction Crisis in Massachusetts →

Coronavirus, Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is encouraged to see that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has responded to demands that LCR made on behalf of renters of color and low-income renters, by updating the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program, which provides life-saving emergency housing assistance during the COVID-19...

Opportunities for Small Businesses →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice
FORGIVABLE PPP LOANS  First time PPP borrowers:  Qualifications:Businesses and non-profits (including sole proprietors and independent contractors) in operation prior to February 2020 with less than 500 employees.There’s no revenue loss requirement. Amount: Can receive up to 2.5 times the businesses’ average monthly payroll costs and healthcare costs or $10 million -- whichever...

2020 Annual Report →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
We are excited to share our 2020 annual report. The report is available here. Please click here to download the report.

Open Letter to Biden/Harris Transition Team →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent an open letter to the Biden-Harris Transition team identifying urgent legal and policy issues that are currently affecting people of color and immigrants across the country. The letter identifies seven critical areas for immediate executive action, and urges the new Administration to prioritize the...

The Repair Work Begins Now →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Lowell Lines, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
STATEMENT FROM NOVEMBER 7, 2020 Lawyers for Civil Rights has played a critical role over the last four years securing major legal relief, including nation-wide injunctions, against executive actions that would harm people of color and immigrants.  We've also stopped the dismantlement of long-standing federal programs designed to protect people of color and...

Shenanigans on Election Day? →

Coronavirus, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights and our community allies run non-partisan Election Protection in Massachusetts. Election Protection is a long-standing voter protection effort that aims to ensure that every eligible voter is able to cast a meaningful ballot on Election Day. We’re supporting voters to make sure the election runs smoothly and fairly. Please report problems to help us maintain the...

CDC Eviction Moratorium →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Housing
DOES THE CDC EVICTION MORATORIUM PROTECT ME? AM I ELIGIBLE? You are only covered if: You are an individual with a net household income under $99,000 or a couple with a net household income of $198,000;You can’t pay rent due to a substantial loss of income or extraordinary medical expense;...

Housing First Responders Need More Protections →

Coronavirus, Housing
HOUSING FIRST RESPONDERS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS DEMAND PROTECTIONS FROM EVICTION CRISIS  Urgent Need To Pass COVID-19 Housing Stability Act (H.5018) and Extend Eviction Moratorium Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, Rosie’s Place, Centro Presente, the Chelsea Collaborative, the Brazilian Worker Center, Family Nurturing Center, the...

Exam School Admissions and COVID-19 →

Coronavirus, Education
The Exam School Admissions Working Group for Boston Public Schools (BPS) recently presented its recommendations to the School Committee regarding how the district should alter the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. If adopted, the recommendations would address many of concerns surrounding equity and exam school admissions, particularly in light of COVID-19. Although the...

Alen Air Purifiers and Greater Boston Latino Network Join Forces →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities
Alen Air Purifiers and Greater Boston Latino Network Provide Free Masks To Youth in COVID-19 Hotspots The Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN), a collective of community-based organizations, applauds Alen, the leader in creating pure indoor air, for their generous contribution of 1,000 FDA-compliant masks protecting youth in COVID-19 hotspots such as...

Digital Racial Gap in Boston Public Schools →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
Digital Divide in Boston Public Schools Exacerbates Disparities Along Racial Lines and Disabilities Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell and Lawyers for Civil Rights Urge Immediate Action to Close the Digital Gap As Boston Public Schools (BPS) gets ready for its remote reopening next week with plans to phase in a hybrid...

Expanding Partnership with Mass General →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities
Mass General patients at our health centers in Revere, Everett and Charlestown will now have access to Lawyers for Civil Rights to help them obtain housing and income supports. This will double the capacity of the Legal Initiative for Care (LINC), an innovative medical/legal partnership begun at the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center 17...