The Journey to Reparations
Millions of acres of land owned by African Americans and Indigenous people was stolen from them by local, state and national governmental entities and in some instances, major corporations, universities and other entities. Up until recently, families dispossessed from their land believed they had no recourse. With the successful return of four parcels of beach front property in Manhattan Beach, California to the descendants of Charles and Wila Bruce who lost the property to a deceptive imminent domain action by the city of Manhattan Beach, the reparations program establishing housing grants for African Americans in Evanston, Illinois, and the passage of a California law creating a statewide reparations task force, helping families regain possession of their land, or the value of the land, is now possible.
Our Integrated Legal, Political and Community Approach
Martin & Martin uses an integrated approach to helping you evaluate if you are the heir to land that was stolen. Our lawyers work with renowned economists, genealogists, communications professionals and other experts to help you make a legal and political case for restitution and restoration of your ancestors’ land.
Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate against someone because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexual harassment), familial status, national origin or disability at any stage of the mortgage process. That law also prohibits discrimination in all aspects of “residential real-estate related transactions,” including but not limited to:
- Making loans to buy, build, repair, or improve a dwelling
- Purchasing real estate loans
- Selling, brokering, or appraising residential real estate
- Selling or renting a dwelling
The Fair Housing Act (FHAct) prohibits discrimination based on:
- Race or color
- National origin
- Familial status (defined as children under the age of 18 living with a parent or legal custodian, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under 18)