Category: Health Disparities


Lawsuit Filed to End HIV Discrimination in the Military →

Employment, Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Time to End The Military’s Discrimination Against Individuals Living with HIV Federal Lawsuit Challenges Military’s Ban on Enlisting and Commissioning from Military Academies  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont against U.S. military officials and the Vermont...

Statement on Supreme Court Draft Opinion →

Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Statement from Lawyers for Civil Rights on the U.S. Supreme Court Draft Opinion Leaked Draft Overturning Roe v. Wade Would Disproportionately Impact People of Color, Low-Income Individuals May 4, 2022 Earlier this week, a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion which would overrule Roe v. Wade became public. If this opinion is issued as drafted, it...

Health Issues in East Boston →

Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Civil Rights and Immigrants’ Rights Advocates Urge State Officials To Investigate Discriminatory, Substandard Medical Treatment By East Boston Neighborhood Health Center  MA Attorney General and Department of Public Health Asked To Investigate Harrowing Patient Reports Of Misdiagnosis, Delayed Care  Centro Presente and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) formally requested that the Massachusetts Attorney General...

100 Organizations File Human Rights Petition Against the U.S. →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
ONE HUNDRED ORGANIZATIONS URGE INTER-AMERICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE ABUSES AND RACISM AT THE U.S. BORDER International Human Rights Monitoring Needed To Protect Haitian And Central American Refugees from U.S. Mistreatment and Abuse A diverse coalition of one hundred (100) organizations from across the United States and Latin America have...

Applauding Boston’s Vaccine Mandate →

BizGrow, Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Employment, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
The Suffolk County Superior Court has allowed the City of Boston's COVID-19 vaccine mandate to take effect. Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) applauds the ruling. We stand with Mayor Michelle Wu in the implementation of the vaccine mandate. Through LCR’s Medical-Legal Partnership with MGH’s Community Health Center in Chelsea, we have seen firsthand how...

New Bedford and Fall River Small Businesses Help Raise Vaccine Awareness →

BizGrow, Coronavirus, Health Disparities
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Point32Health announced that 15 diverse- and women-owned small businesses located in New Bedford and Fall River have been awarded grants to promote vaccine awareness in their communities.  “As many features of the pandemic become endemic, it is critical to promote the economic revitalization of...

Applauding Mayor Wu’s Indoor Vaccine Requirement →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities
Statement on Mayor Wu’s Indoor Vaccine Requirement  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) commends Mayor Michelle Wu for today’s announcement of “B Together” — Boston’s COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Select Indoor Spaces. Communities of color have been hardest hit throughout the pandemic, making increased public health protections a critical civil rights issue....

Worse Than Expected: Fact-Finding Mission Explains Border Crises →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
Fact-finding Delegation Documents Civil Rights Abuses Endured By Refugees At The U.S.-Mexico Border New Report Outlines Barriers to Requesting Asylum Exacerbating Humanitarian and Public Health Crises    In response to the current immigration crisis, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent a delegation on a fact-finding mission to witness and investigate...

Supporting Local Vaccination Efforts Through Small Businesses →

BizGrow, Economic Justice, Health Disparities
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Point32Health are collaborating on a project to provide support to small businesses in Fall River and New Bedford that promote the COVID-19 vaccine. The program, open to diverse-owned small businesses in the two cities, will provide $1,000 grants that can be used in a...

Staff Attorney Opportunity →

Health Disparities
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) works with communities of color and immigrants to fight discrimination and foster equity through creative and courageous legal advocacy, education, and economic empowerment. In partnership with law firms and community allies, we provide free, life-changing legal support to individuals, families, and small businesses. We focus...

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...

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...

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...

Equitable Vaccine Access →

Health Disparities
ALARMING VACCINE INEQUITIES IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN MASSACHUSETTS  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) applauds President Biden’s commitment to "make every adult in the U.S. eligible for vaccination no later than May 1." As part of this life-saving directive, the federal government is "increasing the number of places Americans can...

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...

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...