Category: Immigrant Rights


Displaced Minority Businesses Call on City to Halt Roxbury Development →

Economic Justice, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Community Groups Call On City To Halt Roxbury Development That Is Displacing Small, Minority-Owned Businesses Developer Made Repeated “No Displacement” Promises When Seeking City Approval  African Community Development of New England (ACEDONE) and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) formally called upon the City of Boston and the Boston Planning & Development Agency...

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...

Barnstable Sheriff’s Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials Illegal →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
Barnstable Sheriff’s Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials Illegal, Lawsuit Says Taxpayers Ask Massachusetts’ Highest Court To Declare 287(g) Agreements Unlawful A statewide coalition of taxpayers filed a petition today directly in Massachusetts’ highest court, seeking to invalidate an agreement between the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Petición de Derechos Humanos Por Abuso Fronterizo →

Coronavirus, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
CIEN ORGANIZACIONES INSTAN A LA COMISIÓN INTERAMERICANA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS A INVESTIGAR ABUSOS Y RACISMO EN LA FRONTERA DE ESTADOS UNIDOS Se necesita monitoreo internacional de los derechos humanos para proteger a los haitianos y los centroamericanos del maltrato y abuso estadounidense Una coalición diversa de cien (100) organizaciones de los...

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...

Humanitarian Parole Crisis at the Border →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights and the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project Take Action On Behalf of Vulnerable Immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border  The organizations partnered to file a Freedom of Information Act request to assess the full scope of the crisis surrounding humanitarian parole at the border. Lawyers for...

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...

Briefing Congress on Haitian Refugee Crisis →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights Briefs Congressional Leaders On Conditions Faced By Haitian Families At U.S.-Mexico Border Closed-Door Briefing Follows LCR's Civil Rights Complaint and Fact-Finding Mission to the Border At a closed-door briefing of the Haiti Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) briefed Congressional leaders on the conditions...

Fact-Finding Mission Confirms Abuses at the Border →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Fact-Finding Delegation Confirms Civil Rights Abuses at the U.S.-Mexico BorderDelegation Documents Illegal Barriers to Requesting Asylum Exacerbating Humanitarian and Public Health Crises   Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) announces the completion of a fact-finding mission to the U.S. border with Mexico. In response to the migrant crisis, LCR visited community-based...

Calling for Humanitarian Protection for Haitian Families →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN PROTECTION TO ADDRESS THE HAITIAN MIGRANT CRISIS Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide life-saving humanitarian protection and relief to Haitian families and children.  In...

Black Haitian Families File Complaint Against Border Officials →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Black Families Fleeing Haiti File Civil Rights Complaint Demanding Federal Investigation of Inhumane Detention Conditions at U.S. Border Complaint Details Lack Of Medical Care Leading To Miscarriage, Children Given Only Daily Rations Of Bread And Apples, Overcrowded Conditions Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a complaint on behalf of Haitian-Americans United (HAU) and...

Barnstable County Sheriff’s Immigration Entanglement is Illegal →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights sent a demand letter to the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office to terminate the controversial and illegal agreement with federal immigration officials. The letter is available here:

Victory! Sheriff Ends Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
Following Landmark Ruling in Taxpayer Lawsuit, Massachusetts Sheriff Announces He Will Terminate Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials  Following an adverse ruling in a high-profile legal challenge to the ability of Massachusetts sheriffs to enforce federal immigration law, Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald announced today that he is terminating his office’s “287(g) agreement”...

Body Cavity Searches Trigger Lawsuit Against Federal Officials →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
The Boston College Civil Rights Clinic and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) jointly filed a lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of Neisa Ortega and her 14-year-old daughter after Ms. Ortega was subjected to repeated invasive body searches and sexual violations over the course of one year at the hands of...

Taxpayer Challenge To Sheriff’s Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials Can Proceed →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Judge Rules That Taxpayer Challenge To Massachusetts Sheriff’s Entanglement With Federal Immigration Officials Can Proceed In a high-profile legal challenge to the ability of sheriffs in Massachusetts to enforce federal immigration law, a Superior Court judge has denied Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald’s attempt to dismiss the case, ruling that the...

Summer Justice →

Economic Justice, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Injustice doesn't take a break during the summer. That's why our legal warriors have been busy fighting for equality and justice.   On the policing front, we're suing the Needham Police Department on behalf of Marvin Henry, a Black man who was arrested and falsely accused of shoplifting. We're also publicly calling for greater police transparency and fairness.In...

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...