Atlanta Civil Rights Attorneys
Defending the Rights of Clients in Fulton County & Nationwide
The essence of work in civil rights law is to ensure all people, protected by rights afforded to them by the United States Constitution or statutory law, can seek justice when those civil rights are violated. It’s also about advancing rights for underserved or minority populations, who are traditionally – and often systematically – left behind by the majority in society.
National Civil Rights Attorneys with a Purpose
The core of civil rights litigation is respect for the dignity and worth of all people. This core resolve of civil rights litigation is recognized by the entire international community through multiple international human rights treaties, including:
- The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and
- The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.
One of the hardest issues facing society, and one which our law firm faces every day, is answering the following question:
How do you enact the principles enunciated by civil rights and human rights instruments at a community level--so that people experience their rights being both promoted and respected?
In this sense, HDR attorneys advocate for all demographics. Consequently, our advocacy–both legal and non-legal–varies depending on the needs of the demographic and problems we are serving. For example, when dealing with prison reform, we have sought Department of Justice intervention to help obtain the reform we seek. In sum, we strive for both individual justice and systemic change regarding our promotion of civil and human rights.
At HDR, we take both your civil and human rights seriously because we see both as one.
What is a Civil Rights Violation?
Certain rights and freedoms are protected by the US Constitution, as well as some federal laws.
- Discrimination or harassment by an employer
- A government official's conduct that causes you to lose your liberty, property, or life
- Abuse of power or excessive force by police
- Discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, or nationality
Violations of those rights have consequences. Speak with a lawyer about your situation. If there were civil rights violations, they can tell you what you can do to obtain justice.
How We Fight for Civil & Human Rights
HDR Law fights for civil and human rights on both a national and global scale.
One of the ways involves filing our initial briefs with the court. These briefs remind courts that although U.S. laws must form the basis of their decisions, consideration for what the global consensus is on the disputed matters should also be taken into account.
In other words, judges and juries should consider what the international community would deem to be the correct decision to make–such as permitting free speech or protection against cruel and unusual punishment–and take it into account as it applies to U.S. law.
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
On an international scale, our attorneys also advocate before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on key issues affecting U.S. citizens. We also work with NGOs and other organizations beyond U.S. borders that do work to cultivate a better sense of understanding, respect, and acceptance of human rights.
Common Civil Rights Issues We Can Handle
At HDR Law, our civil rights lawyers are dedicated to fighting for clients nationwide from our offices in Atlanta. We strive to make each day a chance to effect change for the better – not just for our clients, but for those who experience what our clients go through and may not be seeking the legal help they need.
At HDR Law, fighting your civil rights lawsuit is about you and so much more–it’s about fighting for the people in underserved or oppressed communities. It’s our goal to pose the legal challenges necessary to these obstacles created by accident or design that inherently deprive people like you of your rights as a person living in the U.S. Common civil rights issue cases we handle include :
Even if you experienced a violation of your civil rights in another way, contact HDR Law and our offices in Atlanta to discuss your case. Our civil rights attorneys have the expertise to develop a legal strategy to help you win your civil rights case, no matter how unique the situation.
How Can You Receive Compensation for a Civil Rights Violation?
Damages can be sought when you take legal action against someone who violates your civil rights. That compensation varies greatly, however. Your compensation depends on the laws that were violated and the specifics of your case.
Here are a few types of civil rights damages that are often awarded:
- Medical expenses, lost wages, and diminished earning capacity
- Emotional distress and pain and suffering
- Punitive damages are awarded when reckless or malicious behavior is involved
- Attorney fees that are a result of the violation
Compensation is typically higher for more serious violations. Longer violations are also more expensive. Your case will be considered by the court during trial. The court will then decide on a fair settlement amount
Wherever you are in the U.S., we can provide the representation you need to recover fair and just compensation for what happened. Contact us today by calling (404) 341-4434 or submit an online contact form.