Category: Immigrant Rights


Weaponizing The Census Would Hurt Massachusetts →

Education, Employment, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Weaponizing The Census Would Hurt Massachusetts This op-ed by was published by WBUR's Cognoscenti. It’s tempting, in the wake of the Mueller report and the onslaught of news stories about rogue aides and Russian corruption, to focus on scandalous elements of the Trump administration. But none of these scandals have...

Federal Lawsuit to Block Immigration Arrests in Courthouses →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Prosecutors, Public Defenders, and Community Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Block Immigration Arrests in Courthouses Today, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), and the Chelsea Collaborative filed a groundbreaking lawsuit demanding an end to federal immigration...

Keep The Citizenship Question Off The Census →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (Mintz) filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus curiae) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of national organizations and Boston-based groups in New York v. U.S. Department of Commerce, the case that will determine whether a citizenship question may...

Victory for Liberians. Trump Backs Down! →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
We just secured a major victory for our Liberian clients. Following our groundbreaking lawsuit, the Trump Administration is reversing course and extending humanitarian relief and protection for thousands of Liberian immigrants who faced imminent detention and deportation on March 31. This high-stakes case has garnered the support of ten Attorneys General from...

10 Attorneys General File Brief Supporting Our Liberian Clients →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
In African Communities Together v. Trump, our latest lawsuit against the Trump Administration on behalf of the Liberian immigrant community, ten attorneys general from across the country, including Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and California, have filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief in support of our clients focusing on the irreparable harm...

Launching Multilingual Census 2020 Hotline →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
In light of the critical role that the 2020 Census will play in determining how billions of dollars of federal funding will be allocated, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) today announced a multi-pronged effort to ensure that all Massachusetts residents are counted. The campaign will include a multilingual Census Hotline...

Black Immigrants Sue Trump →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
First, they came for the DACA recipients brought to this country as children. Then, they came for immigrants of color protected under TPS. Now, they come for Liberians. We will not allow the Trump Administration to trample on our dignity and constitutional rights. Today, we opened up a new front against the...

Census Flaws: Language Inaccessibility & Limited Community Outreach →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Census Flaws: Language Inaccessibility and Insufficient Community Outreach Conditions Ripe for Undercount Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) calls on the U.S. Census Bureau to revise its operational plan for Massachusetts to increase outreach to historically undercounted populations who are at risk of underrepresentation in 2020. Given the history of inaccurate...

El Salvador’s New President Must Defend TPS →

Immigrant Rights
This op-ed was authored by our Executive Director Iván Espinoza-Madrigal and published in Spanish by El Faro, the first digital newspaper in Latin America. El Salvador's New President Must Defend TPS There are approximately 263,282 Salvadoran people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who are living, working, and raising children in the United States....

Condemning Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections →

Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights Condemns Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections  As part of its ongoing rollback of civil rights protections, the Trump Administration is directing Justice Department officials to look for ways to eliminate one of the most potent tools of civil rights advocacy: the disparate impact doctrine. Lawyers for Civil...

Tools to Fight Hate: Know-Your-Rights PalmCards →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
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Community-Based Health Center & Immigrants Rights Groups Condemn “Public Charge” Rule →

Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) submitted comments opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed rule improperly expanding the definition of “public charge” to deny immigration protection to those seeking legal permanent residence and other relief. The comments were joined by: MGH—Chelsea HealthCare Center Brazilian Worker Center; Chelsea Collaborative; East Boston Ecumenical Community...

Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief to Challenge Bias Against Non-English Speakers in Criminal Proceedings →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a brief as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) along with immigrants’ rights organizations Centro Presente and the Brazilian Worker Center in the case Commonwealth v. Espinal (No. SJC-12597). The case concerns what questions judges must ask potential jurors...

Chelsea Collaborative & Lawyers for Civil Rights Respond to Federal Anti-Immigrant Actions →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
President Trump recently announced his intention to issue an executive order terminating “birthright citizenship” for the children of non-citizens born in the United States. This assault on a deeply engrained feature of American society comes as part of an ever escalating war on immigrants. Over the past two years, we...

2018 Year-in-Review →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Check out our latest work. Our 2018 year-in-review is available here: http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf" title="2018 Year in Review"] Our 2018 year-in-review is available here: http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf

Subpoenas For Trump’s Racial Slur Apprentice Videos →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
In what is believed to be the first demand made in a pending federal lawsuit, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR)  issued subpoenas to MGM Holdings Inc. and Trump Productions, LLC, demanding that they immediately produce to LCR “any and all unaired video footage … created during the production of The Apprentice...

Congressional Resolution Honors Our Achievements →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Mass. Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Honoring Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice Bicameral Resolution Marks 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Boston Affiliate Text of Resolution (PDF) Washington, DC – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Stephen F. Lynch, along with their colleagues from the Massachusetts congressional delegation,...

Congressman James McGovern Joins Delegation to TPS Countries →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Congressman James McGovern and Community Leaders Join Fact-Finding Delegation to TPS Countries A delegation of federal and local elected officials, community leaders, and legal experts are traveling to observe country conditions in El Salvador and Honduras — both countries recently rocked by devastating news that their designation for Temporary Protected...