CREEC: CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION AND ENFORCEMENT CENTER
CREEC is a nonprofit membership organization whose goal is to ensure that everyone can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civic life without discrimination based on race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
As our name suggests, CREEC promotes our mission through education — member input, instructional materials and presentations, outreach, advocacy, humor, collaboration, and animated YouTube videos — and enforcement, that is, investigating and filing impact and class action lawsuits on a broad array of civil rights issues. Based in Denver, Berkeley, and Nashville our scope is nationwide. Through our advocacy and litigation, CREEC has successfully transformed the practices of major companies and government entities.
Martie Lafferty is the Director of Accessibility Projects at CREEC and is based in CREEC’s Tennessee office. Martie focuses on representing people with disabilities in a variety of access cases. She has litigated access cases against the State of Tennessee to eliminate barriers preventing access to the state’s court program and against a medical provider who refused to provide a diagnostic MRI to a wheelchair user. She has also represented numerous deaf and hard of hearing people who were refused effective communication in settings including housing, doctor’s offices, hospitals, courts, jails, and legislatures. Prior to joining CREEC, Martie was a Litigation Associate at Stein & Vargas, LLP and previously Legal Director at Disability Rights Tennessee. Her extracurricular activities include picking her banjo, playing with her dogs, and attending concerts. Martie is admitted to practice in Tennessee.