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Do Courts Set A Double Standard?

“The Take with Sue O’Connell” featured a discussion on January 5, 2017, with Oren Sellstrom of The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and Julia Huston of Foley Hoag concerning Massachusetts’ courts and whether they fail the test of minority hiring and freedom of information:  

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Rights Group Sues Court Offices After Bias Alleged

CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT SEEKS RECORDS SHOWING IMPACT OF TRIAL COURT EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES ON DIVERSITY Citing Importance of Transparency and Accountability in Light of Probation Department Scandal, Suit Filed Directly With Supreme Judicial Court In a public records lawsuit filed directly with Massachusetts’ highest court on December 14, 2016, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and

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LGBT People of Color Experience Discrimination, Exclusion and Violence

Karen Holmes Ward of Channel 5 WCVB’s “CityLine” dedicated her Sunday, September 11, 2016 program to exploring the vulnerability experienced by LGBT people of color as members of two minority groups. As part of this program, our executive director Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal tackled the heightened forms of discrimination, exclusion, and violence experienced by LGBT people of

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Boston Public Schools’ Report Highlights Racial Bias at Boston Latin School

Boston Public Schools’ Report Highlights Racial Bias at Boston Latin School BOSTON, MA – Yesterday, the Boston Public Schools’ Office of Equity released the findings of its second round of investigation into the racial climate at Boston Latin School.  The breadth of this investigation is commendable, covering over 100 reported incidents of identity-based bias compared to seven

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Changes in Boston City Council’s Committees

The Bay State Banner featured an article on recent changes in the Boston City Council.  The Audit and Oversight Committee, which paid special interest to the level of diversity in the city’s hiring practices, was dissolved. “Continued attention on bringing and maintaining diversity in law enforcement and firefighting is of great importance, especially as many

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Making the Case for Independent Prosecutors in Police Shootings

In the aftermath of the Tamir Rice shooting, the Lawyers’ Committee made the case for independent prosecutors in connection with police misconduct. As our Executive Director, Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, discussed on the Boston news show, City Line: “Every day, police officers and police departments work closely with prosecutors. Some people believe this raises a conflict of

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