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Blog August 27, 2015

The Lawyers’ Committee’s Deep and Continuing Commitment to Disaster Assistance for Low Income and Minority Households on the Gulf Coast

INTRODUCTION As the nation observes the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Lawyers’ Committee is taking this occasion to highlight its deep and continuing commitment to disaster relief on the Gulf Coast and to discuss ongoing efforts to ensure civil rights issues are addressed during future disaster recovery efforts.  Immediately after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, it became apparent that as devastating as the storm was for all residents of the Gulf Coast, the impact of the storm fell disproportionately on low income and minority households in both Louisiana and Mississippi.   The Lawyers’ Committee was quick to react to the desperate need for help.  Two weeks after the storm in mid-September 2005, we established the Disaster Survivors Legal Assistance Initiative, a program designed to provide basic legal assistance to victims of the storm and to address the lack of affordable housing and discriminatory housing-related actions that violate […]

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Lawyers’ Committee Honors Legacy of Civil Rights Champion Julian Bond

August 17, 2015

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 17, 2015 – As the nation mourns the loss of renowned civil rights champion Julian Bond, who died on August 15th.  

Letter to the Editor: Moving to End Housing Segregation

July 17, 2015

New York Times

The Supreme Court’s decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project has also preserved the necessary tools for our robust enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. The Times’s stand will strengthen our resolve as we carry this work forward.

SCOTUS rejects effort to weaken Fair Housing Act

June 26, 2015


The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Thursday to reject a case that could have significantly weakened the Fair Housing Act (FHA), a landmark civil rights law. The ruling means the law will continue to cover actions in the housing sphere with a discriminatory result—known as disparate impact—not just intentional discrimination.

Members of Congress, Civil Rights Groups Celebrate Landmark Marriage Equality Ruling, Call for Full Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections

June 26, 2015


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling expanding marriage equality to all 50 states […]

The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar's leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity - work that continues to be vital today.

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