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
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
Nov 27, 17New Strategic Plan Released In Anticipation of the Lawyers’ Committee’s 50th Anniversary
Nov 03, 17Yesterday, we got an award! Today, we’re back in the trenches.
May 03, 17Immigrants, Refugees Too Afraid to Seek Lifesaving Services
Dec 02, 16Lawyers’ Committee Promises To Be The Community’s Legal Protectors
Sep 28, 16Lawyers’ Committee Applauds Mayor Walsh’s Call for Public Conversations on Race and Equity
Jan 25, 16Lawyers’ Committee Congratulates MGH on Receipt of Prestigious Community Service Award
Jun 25, 15Fair Housing & Health Care Victories in the U.S. Supreme Court
May 04, 15Honoring A “Foot Soldier” of the Civil Rights Movement