The heart of this project is the Medical-Legal Partnership, launched in 2003. This is an innovative collaboration between the Community Health Team at the Massachusetts General Hospital Health Care Center in Chelsea and an attorney from LCR.
The goal is to improve the material well-being of low-income immigrants and refugees who receive their medical care at MGH.
The pediatricians and mental health providers refer their patients to an LCR attorney who is on-site one day a week and who provides direct pro bono legal assistance in housing matters, disability benefits, child support, unemployment compensation, and naturalization assistance.
While there are more than 150 medical-legal partnerships in the United States, our program is unique in linking a civil rights attorney to a community health team composed of 16 medically certified interpreters, experienced case managers, social workers, and specialists in infant-parent care.
In addition to coordinating the Medical–Legal Partnership, the Health Disparities Project works closely with other organizations to reduce lead paint poisoning in low-income communities.
News and Resources
Mar 17, 20Legal Responses to COVID-19
Mar 16, 20Legal Help & Support During COVID-19
Mar 13, 20Emergency Measures Needed
Mar 11, 20Urging Statewide Moratorium on Evictions in Light of COVID-19
Dec 03, 192019 Annual Report
Oct 29, 19Urging AG To Sue Lead Paint Companies
Oct 14, 19Public Charge Rule Blocked
Sep 17, 19Healthcare Advocates Combat Public Charge Rule in Federal Court
Jan 03, 19Condemning Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections
Dec 04, 18Community-Based Health Center & Immigrants Rights Groups Condemn “Public Charge” Rule
Nov 30, 18The Next Challenge In The Opioid Epidemic: Battling Rising Rates Of HIV
Nov 20, 182018 Year-in-Review
Nov 16, 18Congressional Resolution Honors Our Achievements
Sep 07, 18Symposium on the Future of Civil Rights (September 20, 2018)
Jun 23, 18Free Legal Clinic on July 16 in Roxbury
Feb 27, 18Expanding Client Intake and Community Outreach Staff
Jan 11, 18On MLK Day, Our 50-Year Quest for Justice
Dec 16, 17Joint Statement in Response to White House Assault on Public Health