Category: Immigrant Rights


DACA Discrimination Class Action Against Online Lender →

Economic Justice, Immigrant Rights
Today, DACA recipient Ruben Juarez filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against SoFi, a major online personal finance company, on behalf of himself and other DACA recipients who were denied access to a variety of consumer credit, including student loans, personal loans, and home mortgages. The lawsuit, filed in federal...

Victory for immigrants held in Bristol County! →

Coronavirus, Immigrant Rights
Court Finds Bristol County Sheriff and ICE Likely Violated Constitutional Rights of Immigrant Detainees in Their Care Orders Widespread COVID Testing and Prohibits Future Admissions In a powerful order, a federal court in Boston ruled strongly in favor of immigrants detained by ICE at Bristol County. The court ruled that...

Coronavirus Legal Warriors →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
As legal first responders, at a time when many doors are closing, we are opening ours wider. In response to an unprecedented need, we're adding a new coronavirus legal warrior to our team. This expansion is critical to deepening and expanding free support for affected families, including help with unemployment...

Coronavirus Lawsuit Against ICE: Complaint & Declarations →

Coronavirus, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
On March 27, 2020, Lawyers for Civil Rights and Yale Law School’s Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic filed an emergency class action in federal court against ICE and the Bristol County Sheriff to secure the humanitarian release of immigrants because they are at risk of COVID-19 infection, illness, and...

Coronavirus Suit Filed Against ICE And Bristol County Sheriff →

Coronavirus, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Coronavirus Suit Filed Against ICE And Bristol County Sheriff For Release of All Persons In ICE Detention, Ban on New Admissions Class Action Alleges Life-Threatening & Inhumane Conditions: Guards With Symptoms, Lack of Sanitizer, Disinfectant, Toilet Paper, No Social Distancing March 27, 2020 A class action for emergency release has...

Legal Responses to COVID-19 →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is launching a comprehensive legal and policy initiative across immigration, education, housing and the census to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on our most vulnerable communities. Specifically, we are advocating to: Secure demographic and racial data on coronavirus infections and death. Stop immigration raids,...

Emergency Measures Needed →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate
As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds rapidly, it is imperative that state and local policy leaders enact emergency measures that will protect the most vulnerable populations. For those with higher incomes and more social supports, the sudden changes in daily life due to the pandemic will be inconvenient and disruptive. But...

Boston’s New ICE Policy Excludes Community Voices →

Education, Immigrant Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) condemns the City of Boston’s effort to move forward with critical policy decisions surrounding Boston Public Schools (BPS) and Boston Police Department (BPD) entanglement with ICE via the Boston Regional Information Center (BRIC) without vital community support. SIM, Unafraid Educators, and other key stakeholders have been...

Mother and 15-Year-Old Daughter Endure Hate Crime in Boston →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Victims Demand Hate Crime Investigation Against White Assailants CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO OF THE HATE CRIME In an unprovoked attack captured on video, a Latinx mother and her 15-year-old daughter were brutally assaulted by two white assailants because they were speaking Spanish, rather than English, near the Maverick Square...

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
Tools To Fight Hate: Know-Your-Rights PalmCards [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Intimidation-Harassment-and-Bullying.pdf" title="Intimidation, Harassment and Bullying"]

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="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-Annual-Report-DIGITAL.pdf" 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,...