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Lawyers for Civil Rights

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Lawyers' committee for Civil Rights and economic justice, Inc. (the organization") is a nonprofit, nonpartisan legal organization that fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants.
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Lawyers' Comm for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association; Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
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Lawyers for Civil Rights, Inc. (the organization") is a nonprofit, nonpartisan legal organization that fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. The organization engages in creative and courageous legal action, education, and advocacy in collaboration with law firms and community partners.
Lcr | bizgrow provides free legal assistance, business support, and technical assistance to minority, immigrant, and women business owners ensuring they encounter fewer obstacles and more opportunities.growing wealth in historically disadvantaged communities is a critical Civil Rights issue. for nearly 20 years, we have helped close the wealth gap by fueling equitable economic growth and increasing access to economic justice. Our programs include free legal representation, technical assistance, and workshops for small business owners on subjects such as entity formation, contracts, taxes, leases, and intellectual property.programmatic highlights: bizgrow conference: the bizgrow conference is our flagship annual event. This free, one-day experience provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with dozens of workshops and legal consultations with attorneys who specialize in business issues. Foodbiz 101: one of our most popular programs, this 13-week accelerator helps aspiring food entrepreneurs turn their vision into reality. Each session is taught by an industry expert and covers a different topic, such as permitting, business planning, and marketing, as well as food-specific subjects, including recipe scaling and labeling. At the conclusion of the series, participants present their business pitches to a panel of experts and graduate ready to live out their dreams as new business owners. Bizgrow launch series: in partnership with roxbury community college, this seminar series provides a comprehensive overview of how to start and run a successful business of your own from writing a business plan and managing legal issues to speaking publicly, comfortably, and confidently about your business. Open clinics: bizgrow legal clinics provide business owners with free, one-on-one consultations with leading attorneys from major law firms. During these clinics, business owners can ask specific questions about their business and receive the guidance they need to succeed.
Alianza americas et al. V. desantis et al. (federal court) class action lawsuit filed september 2022 on behalf of migrants fraudulently induced to travel to martha's vineyard by Florida governor and other defendants. If we prevail, attorneys' fees available.johnson v. arlington police department (federal court) lawsuit filed august 2022 on behalf of a young black man who was racially profiled, unlawfully stopped and arrested while the arlington police were chasing a white suspect. If we prevail, attorneys' fees available.boston parent coalition v. boston school committee (federal court) represent multiracial coalition of community organizations and families who intervened in lawsuit challenging boston public schools' interim plan for admitting students to boston's selective public schools. No attorneys' fees expected. Henry v. town of needham (federal court) represented black father of four who was detained and handcuffed in public in response to an incorrect description of a known shoplifter. Case settled in 2023, including attorneys' fees.doe v austin et al. (federal court) lawsuit filed may 2022 on behalf of 21 year old latinx man who was summarily terminated from the Vermont national guard and the rotc solely as a result of being hiv positive, challenging the decision as arbitrary and unconstitutional. No attorneys' fees expected.massachusetts fair housing center et al. V. hud et al. (federal court) case filed september 2020 challenging hud's attempt to undermine the disparate impact protections of the fair housing act. In 2020, we secured a nationwide preliminary injunction and stay of the rule. Attorneys' fees expected.russo et al. V. cummings et al. (barnstable superior court) taxpayer petition to invalidate barnstable county's contract with the department of homeland security for immigration enforcement. After lcr filed suit, county resolved the case in 2023 by ending its contract. No attorneys' fees received.lcr v. uscis (federal court) case filed september 2020 challenging failure of uscis to produce any records relevant to lcr's request for documents surrounding draft public charge rule. If we prevail, attorneys' fees available.juarez et al. V. sofi et al. (federal court) class action complaint filed on behalf of daca recipients who have been prevented from applying for loans and refinancing by sofi because of their immigration status. Case settled in 2023, including attorneys' fees.worcester interfaith et al. V. city of worcester et al. (federal court) lawsuit on behalf of black and latinx residents, challenging at large electoral system for worcester school committee, a city that is majority minority and yet at the time of filing had elected virtually no candidates of color to this elected body in its entire history. Successfully settled in 2021. Attorneys' fees received in 2022 pursuant to settlement.centro presente et al. V. trump et al. (federal court) complaint filed in february 2018 against federal government challenging the recission of temporary protected status (tps) for haitian and salvadoran immigrants, on equal protection and other grounds. Amended complaint filed may 2018 to include honduran tps recipients. Case conculed in 2023. No attorneys' fees received.coleman v. city of boston et al. (federal court) federal police misconduct lawsuit alleging constitutional, americans with disabilities act (ada), and other statutory claims against the city of boston and other defendants for the shooting death of terrence coleman, a black man living with a mental health disability. If we prevail, attorneys' fees available.k.o. V. united states (federal court) class action lawsuit challenging federal government's 2017 policy of separating immigrant families at border, seeking damages and establishment of mental health fund to treat trauma caused by separation and detention. No attorneys' fees expected.jones v. city of boston (federal court) title vii disparate impact case challenging hair drug test used by boston police department as scientifically unreliable and discriminatory against african americans. If we prevail, attorneys' fees available.students for fair admissions v. harvard (federal court) in this lawsuit challenging harvard university's race conscious admissions policy, lcr represents amici current and prospective students who believe their education would be harmed were harvard prohibited from valuing racial diversity in admissions. Case concluded in 2023; no attorneys' fees received. Castro v. beecher (federal court) monitoring of consent decrees governing hiring process in police and fire department in various municipalities in commonwealth. No attorneys' fees expected.centro presente et al. V. mcaleenan et al. (federal court) lawsuit filed challenging the expansion of "expedited removal," a process that circumvents due process protections for immigrants who cannot prove 2 or more years of residency. Case concluded in 2022; no attorneys' fees received.figueroa et al. V. boston police department; holiday v. boston police department (suffolk superior court) race discrimination lawsuits filed on behalf of two women of color civilian employees of the boston police department, identifying a pattern and practice of discriminatory employment practices such as failing to promote candidates of color and the discriminatory distribution of overtime hours. Settlement of one case (holiday) reached in 2020, including attorneys' fees. Settlement of second case (figueroa) reached in 2022, including attorneys' fees.center for law & education et al. V. city of boston et al. (suffolk superior court) public records lawsuit filed seeking documents regarding boston public schools' practices of sharing student information with federal immigration officials. Case concluded 2022; no attorneys' fees received.lawyers for Civil Rights et al. V. department of homeland security (federal court) public records litigation filed to gain access to documents detailing the rollout of the "warrant service officer" program, which facilitates collusion between local law enforcement and immigration officials. If we prevail, we will have a claim for attorneys' fees.ortega v. u.s. customs and border patrol (federal court) lawsuit filed on behalf of client who was unlawfully stripsearched multiple times at logan airport as she and her minor daughter returned from the dominican republic. Case concluded in 2023; no attorneys' fees received.lcr v. bpd (suffolk superior court) public records case filed to secure documents related to employment practices and demographics of boston police department. In addition to relief as to the particular records request, the lawsuit seeks to compel bpd's compliance with the timelines of the public records law in the future as well. Case settled in 2023, with attorneys' fees to be paid in 2023.

Grants made by Lawyers for Civil Rights

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater LowellTo Support Voting Rights$10,000
Young Women's Christian Association of LowellTo Support Voting Rights$10,000
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater LowellTo Support Voting Rights$10,000

Who funds Lawyers for Civil Rights

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Network for GoodUnrestricted$234,205
Klarman Family FoundationHealthy Democracy: Unrestricted Operating Support for Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024$150,000
Eastern Bank Foundation Foundation / K / A Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation (EBCF)Exempt Purpose$80,000
...and 27 more grants received totalling $1,214,661

Personnel at Lawyers for Civil Rights

Ivan Espinoza-MadrigalExecutive Director$327,934
Oren SellstromLitigation Director$220,086
Inez H Friedman-BoyceChair$0
Vinita FerreraClerk and Secretary / Director$0
Loretta R RichardTreasurer$0
...and 3 more key personnel

Financials for Lawyers for Civil Rights

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$3,045,338
Program services$259,354
Investment income and dividends$0
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$3,690
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$-3,629
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$3,304,753

Form 990s for Lawyers for Civil Rights

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-13990View PDF
2021-122022-11-15990View PDF
2020-122021-11-15990View PDF
2019-122022-03-04990View PDF
2018-122020-01-30990View PDF
...and 10 more Form 990s
Data update history
January 24, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
January 23, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
December 23, 2023
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $10,000 from Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF)
August 19, 2023
Received grants
Identified 20 new grant, including a grant for $80,000 from Eastern Bank Foundation Foundation / K / A Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation (EBCF)
July 16, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
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General information
61 Batterymarch St 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Metro area
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
Suffolk County, MA
Website URL
(617) 988-0624
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
R60: Civil Liberties Advocacy
NAICS code, primary
5411: Legal Services
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