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COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Sentiments

As of today, more than three million people in the world have been diagnosed with Coronavirus; and in United States alone, more than 125,00 people have died from this disease.  Coronavirus or COVID-19 has changed the way we live, and its place of origin has led some people to develop biases toward people of Asian ancestry. 


The Fair Housing Civil Rights Conference presents this virtual workshop and to share how government agencies are responding to discrimination against Asians due to COVID-19. Hear the live testimony of a high school student on her personal COVID-19, Anti-Asian experience and her perspective on this issue. The panel for this workshop will include:  Sunni Thomas-George, Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; Karina Lam, student; Susan Rhodes, Regional Director for the U.S. Health and Human Services; Susan Forward, Regional Director for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development: and Kenneth An, Director for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Boston Area Office.

Revisit and watch workshops from previous conferences:




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From the Courthouse to the Streets: Lawyering in the Time of Black Lives Matter 

Each day’s headlines only serve to again underscore the many ways in which the unprecedented events of the last few months have served to alter the nature of public discourse on questions of equity and human rights, and on how they can be made real in the 21st century.  In particular, attorneys can find themselves wanting to take a new look at what it means to address these issues in these times of uncharted change.

The panel for this workshop will include:

  • Kyler Broadus, Esq., Trans Rights activist and founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition

  • Dr. Jodie Roure, Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice – CUNY Director, Diversity Prelaw Pipeline Programs

  • Tyler Crawford, Esq., Director of Mass Defense, National Lawyers Guild

  • Carlton Williams, Esq., Movement Lawyer

  • Professor Jennifer Levi, Director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project, Professor of Law, Western New England University



Language Access Law Amid COVID-19

In this free, hour-long online workshop, Attorneys Iris Coloma-Gaines and Andrea Park of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute will  discuss how COVID-19 has impacted language accessibility and what must be done to insure the rights of LEP populations, both now and in the future. They will discuss best practices and trends that have emerged as a result of COVID-19.

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Know Your Rights (Employment)

In this free, hour-long online and interactive employment rights workshop, hear from Patricia Colarossi and Shequila Birdsong from DOL Wage and Hour and Michael Rojas and Electra Yourke from the EEOC about what you should know about the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and other EEO laws during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

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How to Write a Language Access Plan

In this free, hour-long, online workshop, John Fisher, Fair Housing Coordinator for the Massachusetts regional housing nonprofit Way Finders, will review the regulatory basis for this requirement and outline the basic considerations that should be addressed when creating a LAP.