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ACLU of CA Launches Meet Your DA Campaign, the Power they Wield, Impact on Mass Incarceration

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 22, 2017 – The American Civil Liberties Union of California (ACLU-CA) and local partner organizations today launched Hey, Meet Your DA!, a campaign designed to raise awareness about the powerful role district attorneys (DAs) play in the state’s 58 counties, and to increase accountability and transparency within the offices. The campaign features […]

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Linnea Nelson: Know Your Rights: Your School Has No Business Checking Your Immigration Status

Aug. 18, 2017 – In this time when our federal government has ordered ICE officials to aggressively pursue undocumented folks, it’s important to remind some of our most vulnerable populations about their constitutional rights. Though the Trump administration has repeatedly said that only “bad dudes” will be targeted, we’ve seen stories that prove that is […]

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ACLU Sues Madera County for Violating Open Meetings Law to Change Immigration-Related Policy at County Jail

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 17, 2017 – The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California today sued the Madera County Board of Supervisors for violating California’s open public meetings law, the Ralph M. Brown Act, in changing immigration-related policy behind closed doors under the guise of making a personnel evaluation. The lawsuit charges that Madera […]

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Civil Rights Groups Sue Caltrans to Stop Illegal Raids Against California’s Homeless

OAKLAND, CA, Dec. 13, 2016 – According to a lawsuit filed today by civil rights groups, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is violating the constitutional rights of homeless people by confiscating and destroying their property in ongoing sweeps. On multiple occasions, Caltrans has failed to give proper notice before raiding encampments—refusing plaintiffs an opportunity […]

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Low-Income Drivers Sue California DMV for Illegally Suspending Licenses

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Oct. 31, 2016 – A coalition of legal aid and civil rights organizations sued the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for illegally suspending the driver’s licenses of low-income Californians. The suit was brought on behalf of drivers who have had their driver’s licenses suspended in violation of their statutory, due process, and […]

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Mandatory Detention Struck Down in California and Other Western States; Thousands of Families Now Protected

August 9, 2016 – On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the ruling in Mony Preap et al. v. Johnson. The class action successfully challenged the federal government’s practice in California of detaining certain immigrants without bond, often for many months, while they face deportation proceedings. Today’s ruling […]

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