Category: Immigrant Rights


Boston Police Denies Right to Counsel →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Boston Police Denies Right to Counsel to Community Group Concerned About Disappeared Latina  January 26, 2023 Since the disappearance of Reina Carolina Morales Rojas, Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts (LUMA) has been urging law enforcement officials to investigate the matter with immediacy. Reina has been missing since November 26, 2022, but...

Botched Police Investigation in East Boston Reinforces Racial Disparities →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) urges the City of Boston and the Boston Police Department (BPD) to investigate the disappearance of Reina Carolina Morales Rojas. To provide zealous police protection to all residents regardless of race, class, or national origin, the City needs to conduct an independent audit surrounding issues of diversity,...

Facing Lawsuit, Barnstable County’s New Sheriff Ends Contract With ICE →

Immigrant Rights
Facing Lawsuit, Barnstable County’s New Sheriff Ends Contract With ICE  Move Eliminates Last “287g Agreement” By Sheriffs In New England Incoming Barnstable County Sheriff Donna Buckley fulfilled her campaign promise to end the Sheriff’s Office’s “287(g) agreement” with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The move follows a lawsuit filed by Lawyers...

Martha’s Vineyard Migrants Go After Plane Company, Perla & Top Florida Officials →

Immigrant Rights
Martha’s Vineyard Immigrants Add Plane Company, Its CEO, and  High-Level Florida Officials As Defendants In Federal Class Action Lawsuit Amended Complaint Details Orchestrated Plan To Deceive Immigrants  Attorneys from Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed an amended complaint in the federal class action challenging the scheme perpetrated by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and...

LCR’s Civil Rights Summit →

BizGrow, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Redistricting, Voting Rights
LCR’s Civil Rights Summit November 4, 2022 Lawyers for Civil Rights held a Civil Rights Summit on November 4, 2022, convening powerful attorneys and community partners for strategic and catalytic thought partnership to advance civil rights in the current legal landscape, including changes in the composition of the Supreme Court....

Fact-Finding Mission Examines Conditions in Central America →

Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate
A Closer Look: Fact-Finding Mission Examines Conditions in Central America Fact-finding Delegation Documents Push and Pull Factors of Migration from Central America  In response to recent migration trends, Centro Presente, Alianza Americas, GreenRoots, and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) conducted a week-long fact-finding mission in August to witness and investigate...

Retracing Perla’s Steps in Texas and the Border →

Immigrant Rights
Retracing Perla’s Steps: Attorneys Representing Martha’s Vineyard Migrants Visit San Antonio and U.S. Border Last week, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent a fact-finding delegation to Texas and Mexico to explore the conditions and dynamics near the U.S.-Mexico border. LCR undertook this mission shortly after filing a federal class action complaint on...

Inhumane Venezuelan Policy →

Immigrant Rights
Statement On New DHS “Migrant Enforcement Process” for Venezuelan Migrants to the United States Lawyers for Civil Rights Objects to Arbitrary and Inhumane Venezuelan Policy On October 12, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new “Migrant Enforcement Process” for Venezuelan migrants to the United States. The process, which went...

“Perla” Unmasked: Martha’s Vineyard Class Action Statement →

Immigrant Rights
“Perla” Unmasked: Statement By Attorneys Representing Martha’s Vineyard Migrants In Federal Class Action Lawsuit The New York Times and CNN are reporting that “Perla,” the woman sued as Doe Defendant #1 in our federal class action lawsuit brought by the migrants deceived into traveling to Martha’s Vineyard last month, is Perla Huerta. ...

Martha’s Vineyard Migrants: Plane Companies Warned Not To Destroy Evidence →

Immigrant Rights
Plane Companies Warned Not To Destroy Evidence in Connection with Martha’s Vineyard Migrants Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR), the organization providing free legal support to the migrants flown by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to Martha’s Vineyard, warned two plane companies not to destroy any evidence surrounding the flights at issue in...

Launching the Lauren Sampson Fellowship →

Education, Employment, Events, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights Launches Lauren Sampson Fellowship Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is committed to honoring the memory and legacy of our colleague Lauren Sampson. We are proud to announce the creation of a legal fellowship dedicated to deepening and expanding Lauren’s impactful work from housing to climate justice and...

Immigrants File Federal Class Action Against Florida’s Governor →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Federal Class Action Challenges the Fraudulent Scheme Victimizing Nearly 50 Vulnerable Immigrants in Martha’s Vineyard September 20, 2022 Boston – Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a federal civil rights class action lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Secretary of Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue, the State...

Legal First Responders for Migrants in Martha’s Vineyard →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights is providing free legal support to the immigrants who were recklessly expelled from Texas and Florida. In response to this unprecedented event, LCR rapidly mobilized to deploy attorneys and staff to Martha's Vineyard. On the ground since early Thursday morning, LCR has helped to coordinate free...

LCR’s Legal Warriors at Lav Law →

BizGrow, Economic Justice, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights at the 2022 Lavender Law Conference  LCR’s legal warriors and our pro bono partners will be presenting on a wide range of cutting-edge civil rights and intersectional issues at the upcoming Lavender Law Conference hosted by the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association in Los Angeles. This is where...

Condemning Lax Sentencing in East Boston Hate Crime →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lax Sentencing in East Boston Hate Crime Endangers Spanish-Speaking Community The East Boston District Court has failed to meaningfully sentence Stephanie Armstrong in connection with the heinous attack on a Latinx mother and minor in East Boston. This follows on the heels of the lax sentencing of another white assailant,...

Wrongful Eviction of Black Businesses →

BizGrow, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
City of Boston Must Stop Developer Who Promised “No Displacement” From Evicting Minority-Owned Businesses From 1127 Harrison Avenue in Roxbury Small businesses owned by immigrants of color and women have pleaded with the City of Boston and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) to hold a developer to its...

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...