Our latest accomplishments


Suing Boston Police Department For Diversity Data →

Employment, Police Accountability
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and pro bono counsel, David S. Godkin, of Birnbaum & Godkin LLP, filed a lawsuit against the City of Boston and the Boston Police Department (BPD), seeking public records regarding diversity in BPD and demanding timely compliance with the Massachusetts Public Record Law. Access to...

School Funding Lawsuit Against State Officials →

Education, Racial Justice
If you are the parent of a child enrolled in a public school in Fall River, Chelsea, Chicopee, Springfield, Lowell, Haverhill, or Orange, please contact Lauren Sampson at lsampson@lawyersforcivilrights.org to find out how you can help secure additional resources for your child's future.  More than a dozen parents from across...

Settlement of Federal Voting Rights Act Case Against Lowell, Mass. →

Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Asian-American and Latino Voters Announce Settlement of Voting Rights Case The diverse coalition of Latino and Asian-American voters that filed a groundbreaking federal voting rights suit against the City of Lowell alleging that the municipal election system illegally dilutes the vote of communities of color announced today that the parties...

Weaponizing The Census Would Hurt Massachusetts →

Education, Employment, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Weaponizing The Census Would Hurt Massachusetts This op-ed by was published by WBUR's Cognoscenti. It’s tempting, in the wake of the Mueller report and the onslaught of news stories about rogue aides and Russian corruption, to focus on scandalous elements of the Trump administration. But none of these scandals have...

Federal Lawsuit to Block Immigration Arrests in Courthouses →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Prosecutors, Public Defenders, and Community Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Block Immigration Arrests in Courthouses Today, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), and the Chelsea Collaborative filed a groundbreaking lawsuit demanding an end to federal immigration...

Keep The Citizenship Question Off The Census →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (Mintz) filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus curiae) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of national organizations and Boston-based groups in New York v. U.S. Department of Commerce, the case that will determine whether a citizenship question may...

Victory for Liberians. Trump Backs Down! →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
We just secured a major victory for our Liberian clients. Following our groundbreaking lawsuit, the Trump Administration is reversing course and extending humanitarian relief and protection for thousands of Liberian immigrants who faced imminent detention and deportation on March 31. This high-stakes case has garnered the support of ten Attorneys General from...

10 Attorneys General File Brief Supporting Our Liberian Clients →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
In African Communities Together v. Trump, our latest lawsuit against the Trump Administration on behalf of the Liberian immigrant community, ten attorneys general from across the country, including Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and California, have filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief in support of our clients focusing on the irreparable harm...

Launching Multilingual Census 2020 Hotline →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
In light of the critical role that the 2020 Census will play in determining how billions of dollars of federal funding will be allocated, Lawyers for Civil Rights launched a multi-pronged effort to ensure that all Massachusetts residents are counted. The campaign will include a multilingual Census Hotline and extensive...

Black Immigrants Sue Trump →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
First, they came for the DACA recipients brought to this country as children. Then, they came for immigrants of color protected under TPS. Now, they come for Liberians. We will not allow the Trump Administration to trample on our dignity and constitutional rights. Today, we opened up a new front against the...

The Case For “All Resident” Voting →

Voting Rights
The Case For "All Resident" VotingThis op-ed by our Executive Director and Civil Rights Fellow was published by WBUR's Cognoscenti. The mayor of Somerville, Joseph Curtatone, recently asked the city’s Board of Aldermen to approve a home rule petition that would grant voting rights to non-citizen residents in municipal elections....

Solutions & Strategies to Diversify Boston’s Exam Schools →

Education, Racial Justice
COMMUNITY FORUM: SOLUTIONS AND STRATEGIES TO DIVERSIFY BOSTON'S EXAM SCHOOLS WHAT: Community Forum on Diversifying Boston's Exam Schools WHO: Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR); the NAACP Boston Branch; and more than a dozen community groups. Speakers will include: Boston City Councilor Kim Janey Iván Espinoza-Madrigal of Lawyers for Civil Rights...

Census Flaws: Language Inaccessibility & Limited Community Outreach →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Census Flaws: Language Inaccessibility and Insufficient Community Outreach Conditions Ripe for Undercount Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) calls on the U.S. Census Bureau to revise its operational plan for Massachusetts to increase outreach to historically undercounted populations who are at risk of underrepresentation in 2020. Given the history of inaccurate...

El Salvador’s New President Must Defend TPS →

Immigrant Rights
This op-ed was authored by our Executive Director Iván Espinoza-Madrigal and published in Spanish by El Faro, the first digital newspaper in Latin America. El Salvador's New President Must Defend TPS There are approximately 263,282 Salvadoran people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who are living, working, and raising children in the United States....


Lack of Diversity in Boston’s Fire Department →

Racial Justice
Boston’s Response to Report on Lack of Diversity in Fire Department: More Empty Promises? Boston, MA — A recent city-commissioned review regarding the lack of diversity in the Boston Fire Department (BFD) tells an old tale tracing years of City inaction in the face of persistent gender inequality. BFD remains...

Separate and still unequal. →

Racial Justice
January 21, 2019 — Today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it's tempting to say that the worst days of prejudice are behind us, and that the moral arc of the universe is bending closer to equality for all. But, as former Attorney General Eric Holder warns, the arc “only bends...

Hate Crimes Are Multiplying In Massachusetts But We Can’t Blame Trump →

Racial Justice
Hate Crimes Are Multiplying in Massachusetts But We Can't Blame Trump This op-ed by our Executive Director and Civil Rights Fellow was published by WBUR Cognoscenti. In our current social and political climate, it is easy to attribute the recent wave of hate crimes in Massachusetts to the Trump administration. But...