Category: Immigrant Rights

Community Groups File Civil Rights Complaint To Halt Suffolk Downs Approval →

Housing, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
Complaint Alleges Review Process Is Inaccessible To Non-English Speakers, In Violation Of Federal Law Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), charging that the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) has violated federal civil rights law by...

New Immigration Resources →

Economic Justice, Employment, Immigrant Rights
New bilingual immigration guide and Form I-9 Guide: Guía de inmigración bilingüe y para el Formulario I-9:

Entanglement Between Boston Public Schools and ICE →

Education, Immigrant Rights
BPS Must Shut Down School-to-Deportation Pipeline Immediately Documents secured in a lawsuit brought by civil rights and education advocates show far more extensive interactions between Boston Public Schools (BPS) and federal immigration enforcement than the City has previously admitted. Since 2014, at least 135 student incident reports generated by BPS...

Victory! Liberians Triumph Over Trump →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
After two years fighting on behalf of Liberian immigrants, we are overjoyed to announced that Congress has legalized our Liberian clients. As news reports confirm: "In an era of deadlocked immigration policy, this marks the first time in decades that Congress has offered a pathway to citizenship to a new group...

Penniless Refugees Oppose Asylum Fees →

Immigrant Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) with pro bono assistance from WilmerHale filed a comment yesterday opposing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) creation of an asylum application fee. The first of its kind, the application fee would condition humanitarian relief on the ability to pay.   For our clients, who are literally penniless, the...

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

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
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Civil Rights Group to AG’s Office: Investigate McKinsey →

Immigrant Rights
In an open letter to the Attorneys General of New York and Massachusetts, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) urged immediate action to investigate McKinsey & Company and to sever state ties with the firm in light of its apparent role in fostering and designing unlawful immigration detention conditions. McKinsey's apparent deceptive business...

2019 Annual Report →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Check out our latest work. Our 2019 year-in-review is available here: [pdf-embedder url="" title="2019 Annual Report DIGITAL"]

Congressional Record Highlights Our Life-Changing Work →

Immigrant Rights
On October 30, 2019, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley highlighted Lawyers for Civil Rights' life-changing and law-changing work on the record in a Congressional hearing on immigration oversight (available on C-SPAN at approximately 57:25). C-SPAN: Watching Deporting Critically Ill Immigrant Children At this time last year,  in honor of our 50th anniversary,...

Public Charge Rule Blocked →

Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
In two landmark decisions issued on October 11, 2019, federal courts in Washington and New York have blocked the Trump Administration’s unprecedented attempt to impose a wealth requirement on immigration. The so-called "public charge” rule will not go into effect on October 15 thus leaving the status quo in place....

Economists, Sociologists Weigh In On DACA →

Immigrant Rights
In Supreme Court Brief, Leading Scholars Confirm DACA Benefits Immigrants And The Country As A Whole Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and the law firm of Outten & Golden LLP filed an amicus brief in the consolidated DACA cases before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 14 prominent empirical scholars who study DACA and its effects. The...

Lawsuit Challenging Expedited Removal Immigration Policy →

Immigrant Rights
Civil Rights and Community Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Sweeping Expedited Removal Immigration Policy in Federal Court  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Ropes and Gray LLP filed a federal lawsuit in the District of Columbia challenging the Trump Administration’s unprecedented plan to subject thousands of immigrants to “expedited removal” – a process that...

Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship →

Education, Employment, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Ropes & Gray Launches Justice Fellowship at Lawyers for Civil Rights Legal Fellowship Builds On Successful Pro Bono Partnership in Landmark Voting Rights Case Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced the creation of the Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship at Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), a Boston-based legal...

Healthcare Advocates Combat Public Charge Rule in Federal Court →

Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights
Healthcare Advocates Combat Anti-Immigrant Public Charge Rule in Federal Court Continuing the battle against the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda, Lawyers for Civil Rights filed an amicus brief on Friday in a pending lawsuit challenging the federal government’s unprecedented expansion of the public charge rule.  The brief highlights the significant harm...

Lawsuit Filed To Protect Immigrants With Medical Conditions →

Immigrant Rights
ACLU, Lawyers for Civil Rights file lawsuit to protect life-saving government program for immigrants with critical illnesses Lawsuit filed on behalf of the Irish International Immigrant Center The ACLU of Massachusetts and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) today filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s abrupt termination of a government...

Driver’s Licenses For All →

Immigrant Rights
Under the leadership of the Brazilian Worker Center, Lawyers for Civil Rights testified at the Massachusetts State House in support of the Work and Family Mobility Act, proposed legislation that would make driver’s licenses available to all qualified state residents, regardless of immigration status. Many immigrants find it impossible to meet...

New Report Outlines Solutions To Migrant Crisis →

Immigrant Rights
New Report Outlines Policy Solutions To Address The Migrant Crisis Report Calls On Policymakers To Cease Funding Militarization In Central America A delegation of U.S. elected officials, immigrant rights advocates, community leaders, and legal experts traveled to Central America in mid-August to observe the political, economic, and social realities that...

Fact-Finding Delegation on Migrant Crisis →

Immigrant Rights
In Response to Migrant Crisis, Elected Officials and Community Leaders Join Fact-Finding Delegation to Central American Countries A delegation of elected officials, community leaders, legal experts, and journalists are traveling to observe country conditions in Central America. The delegation will closely examine the conditions that are contributing to the ongoing...