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ACLU Launches California’s First Database to Track Conditions in the State’s Immigration Detention Facilities

SAN FRANCISCO, June 26, 2023 – The ACLU Foundation of Northern California (ACLU NorCal) today launched the California Immigration Detention Database, a new tool to track formal complaints, also known as grievances, that immigrants detained in California detention facilities have filed to seek redress against the inhumane conditions of their confinement. It is a first-of-its […]

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Lawsuit Demands City of Palo Alto Cease Its Discriminatory Policy of Blocking Non-Residents from Use of Public Park

SAN FRANCISCO, September 15, 2020 – The ACLU Foundation of Northern California and co-counsel Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP filed a lawsuit today to compel the city of Palo Alto to remove an unconstitutional residents-only restriction at Foothills Park—a legacy of the city’s history of racial discrimination. The suit was brought on behalf of the […]

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ACLU Condemns DAs in Stanislaus and Tulare Counties for Defying New COVID-19 Statewide Bail Directives

May 6, 2020 – The ACLU Foundation of Northern California denounces actions taken by Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager and Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward to keep people in jail during the COVID-19 crisis by circumventing and opposing the emergency bail schedule established by the Judicial Council of California on April 6. Both of […]

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ACLU Demands Yuba Community College District Remove Anti-Transgender Health Care Exclusion

YUBA COUNTY October 22, 2019 – The ACLU of Northern California today sent a letter to Yuba Community College District and Tri-County Schools Insurance Group calling on them to immediately remove an illegal provision in the district’s employee health care plans that discriminates against transgender people with a blanket-exclusion for gender-affirming care. Our client Brian […]

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ACLU Files Complaint Against Madera County for Violating the CA Values Act

MADERA, June 28, 2019 — The ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed a complaint Wednesday with Madera County for illegally re-detaining and transferring former resident Ivan Santos Cuevas to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which then deported him to Mexico. The Madera County Jail deputies’ actions were a flagrant violation of the California Values Act. […]

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors Approves Historic Face Surveillance Ban and Oversight Law

SAN FRANCISCO May 14, 2019 – Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance, a historic law that brings accountability and oversight to surveillance technology and makes San Francisco the first city in the United States to prohibit government use of face surveillance systems.  The law was authored by Supervisor […]

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ACLU Sues St. Joseph Health for Discrimination Against Transgender Patient

EUREKA, March 21, 2019 — The ACLU Foundation of Northern California, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the law firm Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP today filed a lawsuit against St. Joseph Health Northern California for denying care to a transgender patient. Filed on behalf of Oliver Knight, the suit argues that withholding medical care from a patient […]

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Documents Reveal ICE Using Driver Location Data From Local Police for Deportations

March 13, 2019 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is using mass location surveillance to target immigrants. And local governments like Merced and Union City, California, are helping — feeding their residents’ personal information to ICE, even when it violates local privacy laws or sanctuary policies. Today, the ACLU is urging an immediate end to […]

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ACLU of Northern California Statement on Referendum to Repeal Bail Reform Legislation

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, a bail-bond-industry-funded campaign turned in signatures in an effort to qualify a referendum for the November 2020 ballot asking voters to overturn Senate Bill 10, the recent bail reform legislation that would end commercial bail in California. In response, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California Executive Director Abdi Soltani issued […]

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ACLU Files Discrimination Complaint on behalf of Black Students at Visalia Unified

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2018 – The ACLU Foundation of Northern California today filed a discrimination complaint on behalf of Black students in the Visalia Unified School District who have faced ongoing racial hostility. The complaint, filed with the Office of Civil Rights within the Department of Education, charges the district with violating Title VI […]

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Governor Brown Signs Landmark Police Reform Legislation Sponsored by ACLU of California

Sacramento, Sept. 30, 2018   – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1421 (Skinner) and Assembly Bill 748 (Ting), historic police reform legislation sponsored by the ACLU of California. Peter Bibring, Director of Police Practices for the ACLU of California, responded with the following statement: We, as a society, confer on law enforcement the […]

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Protecting Immigrant Privacy with SB 54, the California Values Act

Aug. 23, 2018 – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and its sister agencies, have long targeted immigrants and communities of color using data collected at the state and local level. The California Values Act (Senate Bill 54) offers California the opportunity to advance important privacy protections that curtail the flow of sensitive personal information about […]

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Civil Rights Groups Sue Secretary of State for Depriving CA Voters Language Assistance

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. April 23, 2018 – The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati today filed suit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla demanding increased access to language assistance for limited English […]

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ACLU of Northern California Lawsuit Demands Information on TSA Searches of Domestic Airline Passengers’ Digital Devices

March 12, 2018 – The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today demanding government documents about Transportation Security Administration (TSA) searches of electronic devices belonging to people traveling on domestic flights. “The federal government’s policies on searching the phones, laptops, and tablets of domestic air passengers remain […]

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