Our latest accomplishments

Applauding the Closure of the Bristol County Immigration Detention Facility →

Immigrant Rights
STATEMENT OF SAVINO COUNSEL ON CLOSURE OF BRISTOL COUNTY IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITY As immigrant rights and civil rights groups that have long raised humanitarian concerns about Bristol County’s ICE detention facility, we applaud today’s decision by the Biden/Harris Administration to shutter the facility and end the agreement that deputized Bristol County officers...

Racial Disparities Suffered by Black & Latinx Children in Foster Care →

Racial Justice
Supreme Judicial Court to Hear Case Implicating Deep Disparities Suffered by Black & Latinx Children in Foster Care Civil Rights Amicus Brief Urges Court To Require Greater Efforts To Reunify Families The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) will hear oral argument in a case concerning the obligation of the Department of Children and...

Victory! Federal Appeals Court Rejects Attempt to Hold Up School Decisions →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
VICTORY! FEDERAL APPEALS COURT REJECTS PLAINTIFF’S REQUEST TO HOLD UP SCHOOL DECISIONS  In a unanimous decision issued on April 28, 2021, the Chief Judge and two Circuit Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected an eleventh-hour attempt by a group seeking to halt the...

Safe Protest Fact Sheet →

Police Accountability
Tips and guidance for protestors on staying safe and asserting your right to protest.

Statement on Derek Chauvin →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Prosecutors Must Use Their Power To Fight Police Misconduct The convictions for second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, is the first step towards rebuilding trust in communities of color...

Settlement Reached In COVID-19 Class Action Against Bristol County →

Coronavirus, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Please scroll below for the settlement agreement in Savino v Souza, the landmark class action lawsuit challenging unsafe conditions at the Bristol County House of Correction (BCHOC) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Settlement Reached In Landmark COVID-19 Class Action Case Against Bristol County House of Correction The parties in Savino v...

Victory on Boston’s Selective Public Schools →

Coronavirus, Education, Racial Justice
VICTORY! FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS INTERIM PLAN FOR ADMISSION TO BOSTON’S HIGHLY SELECTIVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS In a decision issued on April 15, 2021, Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts soundly rejected efforts by a group seeking to overturn the Boston Public Schools’ Interim...

Accelerating Police Reforms →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Accelerating Police Reforms Amidst Continued Police Violence As the criminal trial of Derek Chauvin – the officer who killed George Floyd – unfolds in Minnesota, we continue to see alarming incidents of police violence against people of color.  On March 29, 2021, the same day that Chauvin’s trial began, an officer shot...

Victory on Highly Selective School Diversity! →

Education, Racial Justice
JOINT STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO VICTORY IN TODAY'S RULING RELATIVE TO THE BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Thursday, April 15, 2021 The Boston Branch of the NAACP, The Greater Boston Latino Network, Asian Pacific Islander Civic Action Network, Asian American Resource Workshop, Anti-Defamation League of New England, and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute,...

Volunteer for Vaccine Equity →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
JOIN US IN THE TRENCHES: VOLUNTEER TO SUPPORT VACCINE EQUITY   Click here to volunteer. We're excited to announce that we reduced the number of people held in Bristol County's immigration detention facility from 148 to 7. This will help keep people safe during COVID-19. On the heels of this accomplishment, we...

Victory! Worcester Will Change School Committee Elections →

Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Plaintiffs In Voting Rights Lawsuit Applaud Worcester’s Announcement That It Will Change Method Of Electing School Committee City Says It Won’t Fight Lawsuit, Which Alleges Current Electoral System Illegally Dilutes The Vote Of Communities of Color The diverse coalition of Plaintiffs in a federal voting rights case challenging the City...

Springfield Police Lacks Accountability, Transparency & Diversity →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT LACKS ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY AND DIVERSITY Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent a letter to Justice Roderick L. Ireland, special advisor to the City of Springfield, identifying alarming trends we have observed surrounding deep-rooted injustices in the Springfield Police Department (SPD). The 11-page letter highlights three critical areas where reform...

BizGrow Highlights 20 Small Businesses →

Economic Justice
We're proud to highlight 20 inspiring and uplifting small businesses for the 20th anniversary of our economic justice project, LCR | BizGrow! Learn more about BizGrow. Click here to download the small business list.

State Must Provide More Vaccine Access →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) commends the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ commitment to increase trust, vaccine acceptance and administration rates through the Vaccine Equity Initiative. LCR particularly applauds the state’s efforts to accelerate the vaccination of essential workers. However, troubling statistics reveal persistent racial inequities in the state's current vaccination programs and the disproportionately...

Statement on the American Rescue Plan’s Disparities →

Coronavirus, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is deeply concerned to see that, under the much-lauded American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP), low-income communities of color like Chelsea, Massachusetts, will receive far less federal funding than whiter, wealthier communities. As the Boston Globe recently reported, Chelsea, "with a reported population of just under 40,000"...

Welcome Letter to Mayor Janey with Racial Justice Blueprint →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
AFTER DECADES OF INSUFFICIENT MUNICIPAL ACTION, LAWYERS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS GIVES MAYOR JANEY BLUEPRINT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND IMMIGRATION REFORMLawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) congratulates and applauds Mayor Kim Janey for her historic leadership as Boston's first Black woman Mayor. For many years, LCR has tirelessly advocated for the City...

Black Nurse Files Discrimination Complaint Against Lowell Transit Authority →

Racial Justice
Black Bus Rider Files Discrimination Complaint Against Lowell Transit Authority Following Racial Harassment Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed a complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on behalf of Lucia Appia, a Black immigrant woman, who has repeatedly endured racial harassment and discrimination by employees of...

Condemning Anti-Asian Violence →

Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) stands with the Asian-Pacific Islander community — in Georgia and across the country — as we mourn the murder of six Asian-American women. For months, law enforcement has ignored waves of anti-Asian violence, hate crimes, and vitriol sweeping the nation. In our own backyard, LCR...