Category: Race and Climate


Equitable East Boston Greenway →

Race and Climate
Lawyers for Civil Rights and GreenRoots made recommendations to the City of Boston for the renovation and improvement of the City-owned section of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway (“The Greenway”) in East Boston. The Greenway is a major community asset, and with improvements it can become a crown jewel spurring recreational, cultural, and economic...

LCR’s Civil Rights Summit →

BizGrow, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Redistricting, Voting Rights
LCR’s Civil Rights Summit November 4, 2022 Lawyers for Civil Rights held a Civil Rights Summit on November 4, 2022, convening powerful attorneys and community partners for strategic and catalytic thought partnership to advance civil rights in the current legal landscape, including changes in the composition of the Supreme Court....

Fact-Finding Mission Examines Conditions in Central America →

Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate
A Closer Look: Fact-Finding Mission Examines Conditions in Central America Fact-finding Delegation Documents Push and Pull Factors of Migration from Central America  In response to recent migration trends, Centro Presente, Alianza Americas, GreenRoots, and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) conducted a week-long fact-finding mission in August to witness and investigate...

Launching the Lauren Sampson Fellowship →

Education, Employment, Events, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights Launches Lauren Sampson Fellowship Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is committed to honoring the memory and legacy of our colleague Lauren Sampson. We are proud to announce the creation of a legal fellowship dedicated to deepening and expanding Lauren’s impactful work from housing to climate justice and...

Lauren Sampson Day →

Race and Climate
At Lawyers for Civil Rights, we continue to remember the life and legacy of our friend and colleague, Lauren Sampson. Lauren's birthday, April 18, has been officially declared the Lauren Sampson Day of Environmental Justice by the City Council in Boston. We have also spearheaded the placement of a memorial plaque...

100 Organizations File Human Rights Petition Against the U.S. →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
ONE HUNDRED ORGANIZATIONS URGE INTER-AMERICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE ABUSES AND RACISM AT THE U.S. BORDER International Human Rights Monitoring Needed To Protect Haitian And Central American Refugees from U.S. Mistreatment and Abuse A diverse coalition of one hundred (100) organizations from across the United States and Latin America have...

Worse Than Expected: Fact-Finding Mission Explains Border Crises →

Coronavirus, Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
Fact-finding Delegation Documents Civil Rights Abuses Endured By Refugees At The U.S.-Mexico Border New Report Outlines Barriers to Requesting Asylum Exacerbating Humanitarian and Public Health Crises    In response to the current immigration crisis, Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) sent a delegation on a fact-finding mission to witness and investigate...

Summer Justice →

Economic Justice, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Injustice doesn't take a break during the summer. That's why our legal warriors have been busy fighting for equality and justice.   On the policing front, we're suing the Needham Police Department on behalf of Marvin Henry, a Black man who was arrested and falsely accused of shoplifting. We're also publicly calling for greater police transparency and fairness.In...

Federal Lawsuit Against the EPA Filed in Boston →

Race and Climate
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), GreenRoots and Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after it failed to investigate discrimination concerns in the ongoing Eversource East Eagle substation project in East Boston, a predominantly low-income and immigrant community in Massachusetts. The groups previously filed...

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...

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...

State Denies Equal Access to Public Hearings →

Race and Climate
State Denies Equal Access to Public Hearings Community organizations file civil rights complaint charging Commonwealth with national origin discrimination  Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), GreenRoots and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) have filed a Title VI civil rights complaint against Massachusetts energy agencies after officials failed to provide proper translation and...

Coronavirus Pandemic Response →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Intake The demand for our free legal services has increased exponentially since the start of the public health and economic crisis.  Since March, we have received over 350 requests for legal assistance (intakes). The estimated demographic breakdown is as follows: 55% Black; 25% Latinx; 10% Asian American; and 10% other....

Coronavirus Legal Warriors →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
As legal first responders, at a time when many doors are closing, we are opening ours wider. In response to an unprecedented need, we're adding a new coronavirus legal warrior to our team. This expansion is critical to deepening and expanding free support for affected families, including help with unemployment...

Legal Responses to COVID-19 →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is launching a comprehensive legal and policy initiative across immigration, education, housing and the census to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on our most vulnerable communities. Specifically, we are advocating to: Secure demographic and racial data on coronavirus infections and death. Stop immigration raids,...

Emergency Measures Needed →

Coronavirus, Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate
As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds rapidly, it is imperative that state and local policy leaders enact emergency measures that will protect the most vulnerable populations. For those with higher incomes and more social supports, the sudden changes in daily life due to the pandemic will be inconvenient and disruptive. But...

Community Groups File Civil Rights Complaint To Halt Suffolk Downs Approval →

Housing, Immigrant Rights, Race and Climate, Racial Justice
Complaint Alleges Review Process Is Inaccessible To Non-English Speakers, In Violation Of Federal Law Today, Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), charging that the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) has violated federal civil rights law by...

2019 Annual Report →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Race and Climate, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Check out our latest work. Our 2019 year-in-review is available here: [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-Annual-Report-DIGITAL.pdf" title="2019 Annual Report DIGITAL"]