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Supreme Court declines to review ruling in favor of California patient who was denied care for being transgender

WASHINGTON November 1, 2021 – The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a challenge to a California court decision in favor of a patient who was turned away from a hospital for being transgender. Evan Minton was scheduled to undergo a medical procedure in 2016 at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, a Sacramento hospital […]

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ACLU, Lawyers Committee File Lawsuit Challenging Oklahoma Classroom Censorship Bill Banning Race and Gender Discourse

OKLAHOMA CITY, October 19, 2021 — A diverse group of students and educators filed a lawsuit today challenging an Oklahoma classroom censorship bill, HB 1775, which severely restricts public school teachers and students from learning and talking about race and gender in the classroom. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Oklahoma, […]

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ACLU Rebukes President Biden for Breaking Campaign Promise to End Privatized Immigration Detention

The Biden administration has entered into at least one new Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agreement to expand its use of private prisons, despite a campaign promise and an executive order from President Biden to end the use of privately run detention facilities. On Tuesday, commissioners in Clearfield County, PA approved an agreement for Moshannon Valley […]

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Civil Rights Organizations Appeal FBI’s Refusal to Disclose Government Records on the “China Initiative”

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2021 – The American Civil Liberties Union and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC administratively appealed the FBI’s decision to close their joint FOIA request for records related to the “China Initiative” on Wednesday. The “China Initiative” is a wide-ranging government effort to scrutinize, investigate, prosecute, and take other measures against U.S.-based scientists […]

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ACLU Seeks Public Records to Uncover Information About People Released from ICE Custody on Their Death Beds

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2021 — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a public records request today under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain documents related to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s practice of releasing hospitalized detainees from custody prior to their imminent death. The request comes after multiple reports that ICE has formally released people from […]

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ACLU, Disability Rights Orgs File Amicus Brief Urging Court to Allow Britney Spears to Select Her Attorney in Conservatorship Case

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, with the support of 25 civil rights and disability rights organizations, filed anamicus brief with the Superior Court of Los Angeles County on Monday in support of Britney Spears’s right to select her own attorney for her conservatorship proceedings. The brief also urged […]

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ACLU, Partners Respond to United Nations High Commissioner Report on Systemic Racism and Police Violence

NEW YORK, June 28, 2021 — The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights released a long-awaited report today addressing systemic racism and law enforcement violence against Black people and people of African descent. The report calls for “transformative agenda” to uproot systemic racism and provides detailed recommendations that countries, including the United States, must […]

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First-of-Its-Kind Report Reveals ICE’s Abuses Against Hunger Strikers

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2021 — A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) provides for the first time an in-depth, nationwide examination of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s abuse and retaliation against people who initiate hunger strikes in U.S. immigration detention to protest their conditions of confinement. “Behind Closed […]

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Supreme Court Decision Does Not Create a License to Discriminate Based on Religious Beliefs

WASHINGTON. June 17, 2021 — The Supreme Court today ruled in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia that city officials’ decision not to renew Catholic Social Services’ foster care contract was impermissible because the city’s contract contained a mechanism for offering individual discretionary exemptions to agencies, which the court held that the city could not refuse to extend to CSS. The court did not, however, establish a general right for religious organizations to violate non-discrimination laws.  The decision comes […]

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ACLU and EFF Ask Supreme Court to Review Case Against Warrantless Searches of International Travelers’ Phones and Laptops

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2021 —The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the ACLU of Massachusetts today filed a petition for a writ of certiorari, asking the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the Department of Homeland Security’s policy and practice of warrantless and suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices at U.S. […]

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ACLU Statement on Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict

MINNEAPOLIS — A jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges in the murder of George Floyd. Jason Williamson, deputy director of the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project:   “George Floyd will never make his way home to play games with his daughter, Gianna. He’ll never go on walks through […]

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ACLU Statement on Arkansas Legislature’s Vote to Override Veto of Transgender Health Ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. April 6, 2021 – The ACLU of Arkansas today issued the following statement regarding the Arkansas Legislature’s vote to override Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of House Bill 1570, which aims to prohibit healthcare professionals from providing or even referring transgender young people for medically necessary health care. Multiple doctors and all major […]

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ACLU Calls on Biden Administration to Address Customs & Border Protection Abuses at the Border

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2021 — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Texas sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas this week chronicling 13 unresolved administrative complaints filed with the Office of Inspector General between 2019 and 2020. The letter lays out clear recommendations to limit CBP detention, hold its […]

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ACLU, Over 150 Civil Rights Orgs Urge President Biden to End Federal Funding for Police in Schools

NEW YORK, February 25, 2021 — The American Civil Liberties Union, along with over 150 civil rights organizations — including The National Urban League, National Disability Rights Network, and community-led organizations like Dignity in Schools, among others — sent a letter to President Biden today urging him to issue an executive order eliminating federal funding […]

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ACLU and Texas Groups Oppose State’s Bid to Block Biden Deportation Moratorium Order

HOUSTON, January 29, 2021 — Two Texas groups — FIEL and RAICES — represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Texas, moved to intervene in a Texas lawsuit that seeks to block the Biden administration’s 100-day moratorium on deportations. The Biden administration announced the policy last week, and the state of Texas challenged it in court. […]