Following the murder of her first son, Stephen Lawrence, Doreen Lawrence took on the British justice system and police. After a nationwide appeal and review of its investigation, the Macpherson Report’s conclusion that ‘Stephen Lawrence’s murder was solely and unequivocally motivated by racism’ saw a measure of justice achieved. The conviction of two suspects in January 2012, through the abolishment of the Double Jeopardy Law (2005), was a direct result of Doreen and her family’s determination to fight for justice.
Doreen is the founder and life president of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust (SLCT). She set this charity up in 1998 to give bursaries to young people to study architecture, to honour her son Stephen. She was later awarded an OBE for services to community relations, the Freedom of the Royal Borough of Greenwich & The Borough of Lewisham, and received a life peerage in 2013. She took office in the House of Lords as a Labour peer in October 2013, as Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon.