2017 Honoree: Attorney General Maura Healey
Maura Healey has served as Massachusetts Attorney General since January 2015, standing out as a champion for civil rights, equality for all, consumer protection, and safe and healthy communities. She calls her office the “people’s law firm,” and has fought tirelessly to uphold the Commonwealth’s values and priorities.
She created a Community Engagement Division to ensure that all Massachusetts residents, regardless of nationality, immigration status or language spoken, can get help from her office. To strengthen the office’s connections to immigrant communities and communities of color, she formed an Advisory Council for New Americans, as well as an Advisory Council for Racial Justice and Equity.
In January, when President Trump imposed a travel ban on people from selected Muslim-majority countries, she joined forces with attorney generals across the country to challenge the ban as unconstitutional. She has also fought against hate crimes, establishing a hotline for victims and witnesses to report bias-motivated threats, harassment or violence.
Her office’s Fair Labor Division has worked hard to protect labor rights, maintain safe and healthy workplaces, and ensure a level playing field for employers that follow the rules, and has done outreach in multiple languages, knowing that one in five Massachusetts workers is foreign-born.
On May 1, On International Workers’ Day, she issued an advisory stressing that all workers are entitled to protections, regardless of immigration status. Similarly, she has reminded schools that all students are entitled to equal access to education, irrespective of citizenship or immigration status.
“We are a nation of immigrants, of strivers and entrepreneurs who have proven that through struggle and hard work anything is possible in America,” she says. “That special character and history has helped make us the strongest and most dynamic country in the world. My goal is for Massachusetts to be the most welcoming community, because that is how we stay the strongest.”
For her courage and her commitment to justice for all people – especially those least able to advocate for themselves – we are proud to honor her.