Press Releases



Lawyers’ Committee Files Formal Complaint against San Jose Police Department Alleging Misconduct and Unauthorized Use of Force

Keynote Speaker at San Jose State Graduation Ceremony assaulted, beaten, jailed and released without charges. Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com (San Francisco, CA) – Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area filed a formal Conduct Complaint against the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) on behalf…



Office for Civil Rights Resolves Discrimination Complaint with Oakland School

Findings reveal patterns of unequal treatment FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com Last week, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) successfully resolved a complaint, filed in July 2012 by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR), on…



Study Finds Misplacement of 9th Grade Students in Bay Area Math Classes Creates Racial Disparities Despite Positive Standardized Test Results

Qualified Minority Students Prevented from Taking Geometry in 9th Grade FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com “Held Back”, a report released today by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area indicates that school districts have been disproportionately requiring minority 9th graders to…



Lawyers’ Committee and Bingham McCutchen Report is “Tipping Point” Leading to Reforms Benefitting Minority Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com SAN FRANCISCO, CA – How far should students go and how long should it take to get to high school? This question was posed last July in “Pushing the Line”, a report released by Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the…



Immigrant Rights Coalition welcomes Alameda County Sheriff’s decision to end his department’s compliance with ICE immigration “holds.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com (Oakland) – Today, Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern announced that he would completely stop holding people in jail for extra time under unconstitutional and unjust immigration “hold” requests. The policy change comes after years of community advocacy and in the wake…



Immigrant Rights Coalition welcomes Alameda County Sheriff Ahern’s decision to end his department’s unconstitutional and unjust compliance with ICE immigration “holds.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com (Oakland) – Today, Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern announced that he would completely stop holding people in jail for extra time under unconstitutional and unjust immigration “hold” requests. The policy change comes after years of community advocacy and in the wake of…



Judge Orders Restoration of Voting Rights for Tens of Thousands of Californians

Lawsuit Filed by Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, ACLU Charged Secretary of State Debra Bowen with Illegal Voter Disenfranchisement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com OAKLAND, Calif. – An Alameda County Superior Court Judge today ruled that Secretary of State Debra Bowen illegally stripped tens of thousands…



Supreme Court Upholds Ballot Measure That Harms Diversity in Public Education

Setback for civic participation and quality education For Immediate Release Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR / 415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com San Francisco, CA – In a 6-2 decision today, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court and ruled that Michigan’s Proposal 2 is constitutional. Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action considered Proposal 2, a 2006 ballot initiative that led…



COURT GIVES FINAL APPROVAL TO SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT CHALLENGING THE SHACKLING OF IMMIGRANTS IN COURT

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR / 415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com SAN FRANCISCO – The final approval hearing for Uelian de Abadia-Peixoto, et al. vs. United States Department of Homeland Security, et al., challenging the shackling of immigrants in immigration court, was held today by the Federal Court in San Francisco. At the…



Lawyers’ Committee Applauds SF Supervisors’ Unanimous Passage of Fair Chance Ordinance

Law removes automatic barriers to jobs and housing, allowing people with prior criminal records a chance to compete based on their individual merits FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com San Francisco (February 4, 2014) – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area…



ACLU and LCCR Charge State with Illegally Denying the Right to Vote to Tens of Thousands of Voters

People of Color Are Disproportionately Affected by State’s Action FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Jess Jollett / San Diego ACLU  / 619.203.0959 / jjollett@aclusandiego.org Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com OAKLAND – The ACLU of California and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) today filed…



California Voters of Color, Language Minority Communities, and Persons with Disabilities Still Face Obstacles to Voting

National Commission on Voting Rights Hears from Voters at Public Hearing in San Francisco Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR / 415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2014 – On January 30, at a National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR) public hearing, organized by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Lawyers’…



Public Hearing: State of Voting Rights in California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com San Francisco, CA – On Thursday, January 30th, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (Lawyers’ Committee) joins the National Commission on Voting Rights and DC-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in sponsoring a…



Historic Settlement Reached in Class Action Lawsuit Challenging the Shackling of Immigrants in Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com SAN FRANCISCO – An historic settlement was reached Thursday in a class action lawsuit between immigration authorities and immigrants who are held in custody during their civil immigration proceedings in San Francisco. The settlement brings an end to the federal government’s…



National Settlement Reached to Preclude the Government’s Categorical Withholding of Asylum Interview Notes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com (San Francisco, CA) – The Lawyers’ Committee of the San Francisco Bay Area, with co-counsel Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, has reached a nationwide settlement, signed by the presiding judge, in the matter of Martins v. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services et…



Governor Brown Signs AB 651 (Bradford), the Reentry & Employment Opportunities Act!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697  x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com (San Francisco, CA) – The Lawyers’ Committee is pleased to report that AB 651, the Reentry & Employment Opportunities Act introduced by Assemblyman Bradford, was signed into law yesterday (October 13) by Governor Jerry Brown. As a result of the “Public…



New Report Exposes a Covert U.S. Government Immigration Program that Unlawfully Prevents Many Muslim Applicants from Becoming Citizens

For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Vicki Fox or Diana Rubio / ACLU SoCal / 213.977.5252 Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 (Los Angeles and San Francisco) The ACLU of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR), and the law firm of Mayer Brown today…



Court Issues Decision Against Federal Government in Challenge to Withholding of Documents From Asylum Seekers

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director / LCCR / 415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com  (San Francisco, CA)– On July 10, 2013, a federal judge ruled that immigration officials have been improperly withholding notes taken by asylum officers to document interviews that are a key part of the asylum application process. The decision…



Study Highlights Racial Disparities in Peninsula Area High School Student Assignment Plan

Disproportionate Impact on Minority Students in East Palo Alto Raises Questions of Legal Liability FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com SAN FRANCISCO, CA – How far should students go and how long should it take to get to high school? The answers to these questions raise serious legal concerns…



U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Preclearance Provisions of the Voting Rights Act, But Strikes Down Formula That Determines Where They Should Apply

Congress left to determine which states are most likely to disenfranchise voters FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which challenged the constitutionality of the “preclearance” provisions, also known as Section 5, of…



U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms the Value of Diversity in Higher Education

Court sends the case back to appeals court for closer scrutiny FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com SAN FRANCISCO – Today, in a much awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court maintained the status quo and reaffirmed the constitutionality of considering race and ethnicity as one of many…



Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Caltrans Equal Opportunity Program

Access to federal contracts at stake for women and minority owned businesses For Immediate Release Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR / 415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com (San Francisco, CA) – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in the case of Associated General Contractors, San Diego Chapter v. Caltrans (AGC v. Caltrans),…



A Trifecta of Cases Before the U.S. Supreme Court to Shape Racial Justice Policy for Years to Come

Rulings will portend future of civil rights and equal opportunity FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com The U.S. Supreme Court today granted review of Scheutte v. Michigan Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the Sixth Circuit decision that Michigan’s anti-affirmative action law, Proposition 2, is unconstitutional. More than…



Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules that Arizona Immigration Law Violates First Amendment Rights

Communication between day laborers and those who hire them is protected FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com (San Francisco, CA) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled yesterday that two provisions of Arizona’s draconian immigration law, SB 1070, should remain blocked. The Court…



Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Presents Oral Argument in 9th Circuit in support of Caltrans Equal Opportunity Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com (San Francisco, CA) – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments today in the case of Associated General Contractors, San Diego Chapter v. Caltrans (AGC v. Caltrans). AGC brought suit in 2009 seeking to invalidate the California Department of…



Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Local Law Enforcement Officials Urge Governor Brown: Sign the TRUST Act into Law and Make California the “anti-Arizona” State!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com (San Francisco, CA) San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr joined law enforcement officials across the state, including Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan and Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns, in supporting the TRUST Act (AB 1081). The bill, currently awaiting Governor…



LAWSUIT KEEPS SANTA ROSA’S DOYLE PARK SCHOOL OPEN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com Doyle Park Elementary School, where Latino children make up two-thirds of the student body, will remain open for 2012 to 2013 school year, thanks to a lawsuit filed by a community-based coalition that included the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. The…



Lawyers’ Committee, CRLA, Ropes & Gray File Suit Against Santa Rosa School Board Following Closure of Local School

Suit Alleges Conflict of Interest by Board Member FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Suman Murthy / LCCR 415-543-9444 x218 / smurthy@lccr.com SANTA ROSA, CA — Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (Lawyers’ Committee) and California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), along with Ropes & Gray LLP, have filed a suit to…



LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE, APILO AND O’MELVENY & MYERS REACH SETTLEMENT ON BEHALF OF ABUSED DOMESTIC WORKER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com Lawyers’ Committee, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, and O’Melveny & Myers LLP reached a settlement on behalf of a Chinese woman who was trafficked into the United States and forced into a life of indentured servitude under deplorable conditions by a…



LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE, CRLA, ROPES & GRAY FILE SUIT AGAINST SANTA ROSA SCHOOL BOARD FOLLOWING CLOSURE OF LOCAL SCHOOL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com Lawyers’ Committee, California Rural Legal Assistance and Ropes & Gray filed a suit to prevent the Santa Rosa School Board from illegally closing Doyle Park Elementary School. This suit is being filed on behalf of the Doyle Park Committee for Education…



VICTORY IN REDONDO BEACH DAY LABORER CASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com In a victory for day laborers, the United States Supreme Court denied the City of Redondo Beach’s request to review the Ninth Circuit decision which found the City’s ordinance prohibiting solicitation of employment, business, or contributions on city streets and sidewalks…



ANTIOCH RESIDENTS REACH SETTLEMENT IN POLICE HARASSMENT CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com Putting an end to a four year dispute, the City of Antioch agreed to a settlement in Williams v. Antioch, a Lawyers’ Committee class action civil rights lawsuit brought by five African American women on October 25. The suit accused the…



FEDERAL AGENCY ORDERS CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL TO OPEN UP CLOSED CONTRACTING SYSTEM FOLLOWING CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT BY MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES

Decision Cites Evidence of Agency Misrepresentations, Incompetence For Immediate Release Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR / 415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In a 12-page decision issued today, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ordered California’s High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to open up its closed contracting system to resolve a civil rights complaint filed…



CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL ORDERED TO OPEN UP CONTRACTING SYSTEM FOLLOWING CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ordered California’s High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on September 15 to open up its closed contracting system to resolve a civil rights complaint filed by small and minority-owned businesses. Citing evidence of insular bidding practices and misrepresentations…



FREE SPEECH VICTORY FOR DAY LABORERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, ruled in favor of day laborer groups in a precedent-setting case litigated by the Lawyers’ Committee and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The Ninth Circuit held that Redondo Beach’s ban…



LAWSUIT TO CHALLENGE SHACKLING OF IMMIGRANT DETAINEES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com Lawyers’ Committee, the ACLU of Northern California, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati filed a class action suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) on behalf of adult immigration detainees, all…



LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE AND ACLU SUE ICE, HOMELAND SECURITY FOR SHACKLING NON- VIOLENT DETAINEES DURING IMMIGRATION PROCEEDINGS

Advocates Challenge Blanket Policy, Cite Physical and Emotional Harm FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact:  Miriam Gerace, ACLU, 415-293-6352 Suman Murthy, Lawyers’ Committee, 415-543-9444 ext. 218, smurthy@lccr.com SAN FRANCISCO (August 15, 2011)—The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (Lawyers’ Committee), and Wilson…



MUNICIPAL SERVICES SETTLEMENT IN MODESTO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com Lawyers’ Committee reached a settlement with the City of Modesto and Stanislaus County to remedy discrepancies in public services for the city’s Latino neighborhoods. These neighborhoods had been excluded in previous city annexations that benefited bordering areas; they remained unincorporated and…



SAN FRANCISCO HOUSING INJUNCTIONS RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com A judicial decision handed down on May 25 ended the San Francisco Housing Authority’s use of city-wide nuisance injunctions and dismisses all pending criminal cases against alleged violators, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and ACLU of Northern California Legal Director…



Equal Opportunity Victory for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in Caltrans Contracting Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Suman Murthy, 415-543-9444 x218, smurthy@lccr.com Rebecca Farmer, 415-621-2493, x374, rfarmer@aclunc.org Bilen Mesfin, 510-681-5978, bilen@change-llc.com Sacramento, CA —  A U.S. District Court Judge ruled yesterday that the California Department of Transportation’s equal opportunity program for contracting businesses can continue its mission to ensure that minority and women-owned businesses have equal ground to compete…



EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN MINORITY CONTRACTING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Candice Francis / Communications Director, LCCR /  415.543.9697 x216 / cfrancis@lccr.com A U.S. District Court Judge granted our motion on March 23 and ruled that the California Department of Transportation’s equal opportunity program for contracting businesses can continue its mission to ensure that minority and women-owned businesses have equal ground to compete…