Category: Racial Justice

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 →

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: Stop immigration raids, detentions, and deportation during the public health crisis. ICE has...

Legal Help & Support During COVID-19 →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Racial Justice
We have created a COVID-19 page that will be updated regularly. For the most up-to-date information, click here. Establecemos una página sobre COVID-19 que se actualiza regularmente. Para las últimas noticias, haga clic aqui.

Boston Police Must Comply With Public Records Law, Judge Rules →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
In a case of first impression, a Suffolk Superior Court judge has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the Boston Police Department’s (BPD) pattern and practice of violating the Massachusetts Public Records Law may proceed. The lawsuit, brought by Lawyers for Civil Rights (“LCR”) and David Godkin, from Birnbaum & Godkin...

Statement on Hate Crimes Charges in Boston →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
On behalf of the Vasquez family, victims of a hate crime in East Boston, Lawyers for Civil Rights applauds the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office for bringing felony hate crime charges against Jenny Ennamorati and Stephanie Armstrong. This is an important step toward holding Ennamorati and Armstrong accountable for the vile and violent...

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...

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...

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

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
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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"]

Boston Police Must Discontinue Hair Drug Test →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Statement of Community Organizations Urging Boston Police to Discontinue Hair Drug Test It’s time for the City of Boston to take a stand against Psychemedics’ hair drug test. The under-signed organizations have long been extremely concerned about the critical lack of racial diversity in the Boston Police Department (BPD) and...

Suffolk Downs Can’t Become Another Seaport →

Housing, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
Community Groups to the City of Boston: Suffolk Downs Can't Become Another Seaport Cities that are diverse and inclusive thrive. That is why development must be carefully planned, to avoid displacing long-time residents and businesses, communities of color, and low-wage workers. Housing in particular must be affordable to a broad...

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....

Civil Rights Groups Assert Black & Latinx Lives Matter →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
In First Circuit, Civil Rights Groups File Brief Asserting That Black and Latinx Lives Matter Brief Highlights The Practical and Legal Challenges That People of Color Face in Police Interactions Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Center for Constitutional Rights and LatinoJustice PRLDEF in the U.S. Court...

Victory! Federal Court Upholds Harvard’s Admissions Policy →

Education, Racial Justice
Victory! Federal Court Upholds Harvard's Admissions Policy LCR Represents Diverse Group Of Students And Alumni Who Testified At Trial In Support Of Race-Conscious Admissions Federal Judge Allison D. Burroughs issued a landmark ruling today in favor of Harvard University in Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard. Today’s decision strongly reaffirms...

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...