Our latest accomplishments

Statement on Attorney General Investigation Against Bristol County →

Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) applauds the investigation by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, which led to today's finding that Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson's "institutional failures and poor decisions . . . culminated in a calculated—that is, planned and deliberate—use of force against . . . detainees that was...

Massachusetts Must Address The Housing Crisis →

Housing, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent a open letter to the Governor and Commonwealth of Massachusetts demanding immediate state action to fix problems that are plaguing the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program, which provides emergency housing assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The systemic failures of the RAFT program are...

2020 Annual Report →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
We are excited to share our 2020 annual report. The report is available here. Please click here to download the report.

Holiday Gift Guide: Small Businesses →

Economic Justice
We are delighted to share this holiday gift guide inspired by the amazing minority-owned, women-owned, and immigrant-owned small businesses that we serve through our economic justice project, BizGrow. Click here to download the gift guide.

Strega Restaurant Found Liable For Sexual Harassment →

Strega Waterfront Restaurant Found Liable For Sexual Harassment Of Latina Employee  Low-Wage Worker Subjected to Sexual Proposals, Offensive Comments from Supervisor In a case that demonstrates the continuing resonance of the #MeToo and #YoTambien movement for low-wage workers, the full Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) affirmed a judgment in favor...

Immigrants to Census Bureau: We’re Here and We Count →

Immigrant Rights, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus curiae) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of national organizations and Boston-based immigrants' rights and faith-based groups in Trump v. New York, the case that will determine whether undocumented immigrants may be considered in the apportionment...

Democratizing Redistricting in 2021 →

Racial Justice, Redistricting, Voting Rights
While our work to safeguard the vote during the 2020 election cycle has concluded, democracy doesn’t stop here.  Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is launching Democratizing Redistricting in 2021 to ensure that the forthcoming redistricting process is fair, equitable, transparent, and community driven. This work will be coordinated with community and coalition...

Open Letter to Biden/Harris Transition Team →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent an open letter to the Biden-Harris Transition team identifying urgent legal and policy issues that are currently affecting people of color and immigrants across the country. The letter identifies seven critical areas for immediate executive action, and urges the new Administration to prioritize the...

The Repair Work Begins Now →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Lowell Lines, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
STATEMENT FROM NOVEMBER 7, 2020 Lawyers for Civil Rights has played a critical role over the last four years securing major legal relief, including nation-wide injunctions, against executive actions that would harm people of color and immigrants.  We've also stopped the dismantlement of long-standing federal programs designed to protect people of color and...

Shenanigans on Election Day? →

Coronavirus, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights and our community allies run non-partisan Election Protection in Massachusetts. Election Protection is a long-standing voter protection effort that aims to ensure that every eligible voter is able to cast a meaningful ballot on Election Day. We’re supporting voters to make sure the election runs smoothly and fairly. Please report problems to help us maintain the...

Victory! Nationwide Injunction Against HUD →

Victory! Fair Housing Organizations Secure Stay and Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Against HUD Judge Mark Mastroianni of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has issued a stay and nationwide preliminary injunction against Secretary Ben Carson and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), halting HUD's overhaul of the disparate impact protections...

CDC Eviction Moratorium →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Housing
DOES THE CDC EVICTION MORATORIUM PROTECT ME? AM I ELIGIBLE? You are only covered if: You are an individual with a net household income under $99,000 or a couple with a net household income of $198,000;You can’t pay rent due to a substantial loss of income or extraordinary medical expense;...

Housing First Responders Need More Protections →

Coronavirus, Housing
HOUSING FIRST RESPONDERS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS DEMAND PROTECTIONS FROM EVICTION CRISIS  Urgent Need To Pass COVID-19 Housing Stability Act (H.5018) and Extend Eviction Moratorium Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, Rosie’s Place, Centro Presente, the Chelsea Collaborative, the Brazilian Worker Center, Family Nurturing Center, the...

Exam School Admissions and COVID-19 →

Coronavirus, Education
The Exam School Admissions Working Group for Boston Public Schools (BPS) recently presented its recommendations to the School Committee regarding how the district should alter the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. If adopted, the recommendations would address many of concerns surrounding equity and exam school admissions, particularly in light of COVID-19. Although the...

Alen Air Purifiers and Greater Boston Latino Network Join Forces →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities
Alen Air Purifiers and Greater Boston Latino Network Provide Free Masks To Youth in COVID-19 Hotspots The Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN), a collective of community-based organizations, applauds Alen, the leader in creating pure indoor air, for their generous contribution of 1,000 FDA-compliant masks protecting youth in COVID-19 hotspots such as...

Lawsuit Against USCIS For “Public Charge” Records →

Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights
Civil Rights Organization Sues USCIS For Failure to Produce Public Charge Records Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for their failure to produce records responsive to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by the racial justice organization over a year...

Advocacy Groups Sue to Save Fair Housing and Discrimination Protections →

In response to a new rule from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) dismantling longstanding housing discrimination protections under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), Lawyers for Civil Rights and Anderson & Kreiger have filed a federal lawsuit calling for the rule to be permanently enjoined. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of...

Victory! Language Access Compliance Agreement in Boston →

Housing, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights helped to secure a landmark compliance agreement between the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on language access.  This historic agreement is in direct response to the complaint filed by Lawyers for Civil Rights on behalf...