Immigrant Rights

Lawyers for Civil Rights fights discrimination on behalf of immigrant families and children. In recent years, immigrant communities have experienced unprecedented challenges, including unlawful detentions in sensitive locations such as schools and courthouses. At the federal level, life-saving immigration protections have been dismantled, including humanitarian programs such as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which provides relief to immigrants from countries experiencing war and environmental cataclysm.

LCR filed the first lawsuits in the country against the Trump Administration: to protect sanctuary cities; to save TPS on behalf of Central American and Haitian immigrants; and to block immigration arrests in courthouses.

At the height of the family separation crisis at the border, LCR reunited children who were forcibly separated by the federal government from their parents.

Most recently, LCR worked closely with our community partners and allies to secure the humanitarian release of individuals at risk of COVID-19 infection, illness and death from the Bristol County immigration detention facility (Savino v. Souza). After our successful case, the immigration facility was shut down.

Groundbreaking Reports

LCR releases groundbreaking reports based on fact-finding missions to Central America and the U.S./Mexico border:

Tantamount To A Death Sentence: Deported TPS Recipients Will Experience Extreme Violence and Poverty in Honduras and El Salvador. Documenting conditions in Honduras and El Salvador in 2018.
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Fleeing, Not Migrating: Toward A Solution To The Human Rights Crisis Affecting Migrants and Asylum Seekers. Documenting conditions in Central America in 2019.
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Deprived and Denied: Refugees Facing Abuses At The Border. Investigating conditions in response to the Haitian refugee crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2021.
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