LCCRSF works to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, and low-income persons, immigrants, and refugees through programs in racial justice, immigrant justice, and community empowerment.
Organization Website

Twitter: @lccrsf
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Primary geographic focus: Bay Area, Central Coast, Northern California
Organization Type: Bar/Pro Bono, Provider, Research/Policy/Organizing
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Field Programs
Tags: Civil Rights, Community Outreach: Other, Discrimination, Human Rights, Immigration, Poverty
Acronym or short name: LCCRSF

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, founded in 1968, works to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, and low-income persons, immigrants, and refugees. Assisted by hundreds of pro bono attorneys, LCCRSF provides free legal assistance and representation to individuals on civil legal matters through direct services, impact litigation and policy advocacy.

LCCRSF has programs in racial justice, immigrant justice, and community impact and economic justice, all of which involve direct services and impact work.

LCCRSF believes equal access to justice depends on access to quality legal services, neither race nor immigration status should affect a person’s success or failure, economic empowerment is key to the civil rights movement, injustice must be rooted out, and the true needs of the community must be central to any litigation or advocacy agenda.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF)


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Solano County settlement would offer alternatives to traffic fines

San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2017
Advocates for California motorists who face mounting fees for traffic tickets took another step to ease the burden, a settlement that seeks to offer options to paying fines that many people can’t afford.

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California pressed to stop collecting students’ citizenship data

Jill Tucker
SF Gate
March 27, 2017
There is no reason for schools to know a students' immigration status, and by requiring that information advocates fear fewer immigrant families will send their children to school.

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Civil Rights Groups Sue Caltrans to Stop Illegal Raids Against California’s Homeless

American Civil Liberties Union
December 13, 2016
Civil rights groups file lawsuit against Caltrans following a series of homeless encampment raids.

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‘License Suspension Should Never be Punishment for Poverty:’ ACLU, Advocates Sue DMV

NBC Bay Area
October 26, 2016
Legal advocates, including four LAAC members, sue the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Legal Coalition Demands Traffic Court Policy Changes

Sydney Johnson
East Bay Express (Oakland)
March 24, 2016

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Civil rights group drops complaint against MVLA

Kevin Forestieri
Mountain View Voice
October 15, 2015
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, announced that they are no longer seeking a federal investigation into the district following an earlier complaint and investigation.

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New rules to level mathematical playing field

Kevin Forestieri
Mountain View Voice
September 14, 2015
The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District is looking at enacting a new policy that uses test scores and student performance to screen students into higher-level math classes.

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I-Team: Pacifica Woman Can’t Work After Error On Ticket

Dan Noyes
August 17, 2015
Gail Cottrell received an incorrectly-written ticket that caused her to miss a court date. Fines and fees for the unpaid balance on a $25 ticket have inflated to $497.

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California education officials sued for records on English learners

Christopher Cadelago
Sacramento Bee
August 10, 2015
LCCR and Public Counsel filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Education to release outcomes data about long-term English-language learners.

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California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

Sam Levin
East Bay Express (Oakland)
November 11, 2015
In the Bay Area, implementation of California's new traffic amnesty program runs afoul of its anti-poverty goals.


The High Cost of Driving While Poor

Sam Levin
East Bay Express (Oakland)
May 6, 2015
Since 2007, there have been 4 million cases of driver's licenses suspended for people's failure to appear in court or pay their fines.


Ending the Racial Caste System Through Reentry Reform

Dorsey Nunn, Meredith Desautels
Huffington Post
September 29, 2015
California legal aid leaders identify reformation of the treatment of formerly incarcerated individuals as necessary to end discrimination and recidivism.

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Immigration activists file class action suit against Border Patrol over treatment of detained immigrants

Rodrigo Ugarte
Latin Post
June 12, 2015
Immigration advocates say that Border Patrol's conditions of detainment amount to punishment before conviction of a crime and therefore violate due process rights.

News Story

Civil rights group claims racial bias in MV high schools

Kevin Forestieri
Mountain View Voice
June 4, 2015
A report from Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area highlighted misplacement of eligible minority students into higher-level math classes at Mountain View-Los Altos high schools.

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Chief Justice seeks emergency traffic court reform, Jerry Brown pushes amnesty program

Sam Levin
East Bay Express (Oakland)
May 26, 2015
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye pushed for "emergency action" for traffic court fines, and Jerry Brown included an "amnesty program" in his budget proposal.

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Drivers with unpaid-ticket license suspensions may get a break

Bob Egelko
SF Gate
June 20, 2015
The newly-approved state budget includes debt relief and payment assistance for drivers whose licenses were suspended for failing to pay for traffic tickets.

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