Category: Coronavirus


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...

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...

Victory! Federal Appeals Court Rejects Attempt to Hold Up School Decisions →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
VICTORY! FEDERAL APPEALS COURT REJECTS PLAINTIFF’S REQUEST TO HOLD UP SCHOOL DECISIONS  In a unanimous decision issued on April 28, 2021, the Chief Judge and two Circuit Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected an eleventh-hour attempt by a group seeking to halt the...

Settlement Reached In COVID-19 Class Action Against Bristol County →

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...

Victory on Boston’s Selective Public Schools →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
VICTORY! FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS INTERIM PLAN FOR ADMISSION TO BOSTON’S HIGHLY SELECTIVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS In a decision issued on April 15, 2021, Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts soundly rejected efforts by a group seeking to overturn the Boston Public Schools’ Interim...

Volunteer for Vaccine Equity →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
JOIN US IN THE TRENCHES: VOLUNTEER TO SUPPORT VACCINE EQUITY   Click here to volunteer. We're excited to announce that we reduced the number of people held in Bristol County's immigration detention facility from 148 to 7. This will help keep people safe during COVID-19. On the heels of this accomplishment, we...

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;...