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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...

Demystifying Form I-9 (Bilingual Guide) →

Economic Justice, Employment
Best Practices and Tips for Employees and Employers [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Demystifying-Form-I-9-El-Formulario-I-9.pdf" title="Demystifying Form I-9 : El Formulario I-9"] [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/I-9-PalmCard-Spanish-2.pdf" title="I-9 PalmCard Spanish 2"]

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...

Our Economic Justice Project is now BizGrow →

Economic Justice
We are proud to announce that our Economic Justice Project is now LCR | BizGrow. Growing wealth in historically disadvantaged communities is a critical civil rights issue. For nearly 20 years, we have helped close the wealth gap by fueling equitable economic growth and providing free legal support to thousands of...

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"]

Free Legal Support For Small Businesses Affected by Columbia Gas Explosion →

Economic Justice
Lawyers Provide Free Legal Support To Small Businesses Affected by Columbia Gas Explosion in Massachusetts  Ropes & Gray and Lawyers for Civil Rights Partner to Help Businesses File Claims Ahead of Jan. 9 Deadline Through an innovative partnership, Ropes & Gray and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) have launched an effort...

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...

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,...

Court Rules Against Boston Police In Hair Drug Test Case →

Employment, Police Accountability
Court Rules Against Boston Police In Challenge To Hair Drug Test And Civil Rights Groups Call For City To Immediately Halt All Use Of Test   Massachusetts's highest court has made clear once again that the controversial "Hair Test" used by the Boston Police Department (BPD) to test for employee drug...

Urging AG To Sue Lead Paint Companies →

Health Disparities, Housing
40 Public Health, Civil Rights Organizations and Leaders Urge Attorney General Maura Healey To Sue Lead Paint Companies Open Letter Describes Devastating Human And Financial Toll Of Lead Poisoning In Children Forty public health, civil rights, and community-based organizations and leaders issued an open letter today to Attorney General Maura...

Multi-Lingual Videos for Lowell Election →

Voting Rights
Multi-Lingual Public Education Videos Released Before Vote On New Electoral System For Lowell, MA City To Change Voting System Following Settlement Of Federal Voting Rights Lawsuit As part of a landmark settlement of a federal Voting Rights Act case brought by Asian American and Latinx residents of Lowell, Massachusetts, the...

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....

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...

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...

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...