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Two Stains on Our Nation as Anti-LGBT Bills Pass in Michigan and North Carolina

As the country awaits a decision from the Supreme Court on marriage equality, anti-LGBT forces who want to use religion to allow discrimination have pushed bills through in Michigan and North Carolina. Both North Carolina’s marriageShow More Summary

ACLU and Partners File Suit Against US Border Patrol for Savage Treatment in Detention Facilities

Imagine fleeing your home, traveling thousands of miles to escape a life-threatening situation, unable to reunite with your children or feed your family. Along the way you are robbed, beaten, or sexually assaulted. You are forced to cross a barren desert, physically unable to carry enough water to survive. Then imagine that you are detained by U.S. Show More Summary

Despite Global Recognition, the Plight of Guantánamo’s Best-Selling Author Worsens

Mohamedou Ould Slahi's 13 th year of captivity in Guantánamo has been remarkable in many ways. "Guantánamo Diary," his story of torture and unlawful detention by the United States, was finally published and has become a best-seller, earning rave reviews around the world and a Hollywood movie deal. Show More Summary

Border Patrol Violence Must Stop

Two days before graduating from the State University of New York-Canton with a degree in law enforcement leadership, 21-year-old Jessica Cooke was stopped in her car by Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint on NY Route 37 along the St. Show More Summary

Top 10 Reasons Why Protecting Pregnant Workers Is Good For Us All

In late March, the Supreme Court issued an important ruling for pregnant workers, stating that employers cannot impose a "significant burden" on pregnant workers and that an employer is not justified in making accommodations for a large...Show More Summary

Texas Says 'No Thanks' to LGBT Discrimination

Everything is bigger in Texas, including apparently the legislature's desire to use religion and any other means to discriminate against gay and transgender Texans. In the last legislative session, the legislature threw virtually everything it had at the wall. Show More Summary

Why is Arizona Forcing Doctors to Lie to Women Who Need Abortions?

Ask yourself this question: Should the government be able to force your doctor to lie to you about medical care? You are probably thinking that this is a no-brainer — that it's too obvious for words that the government shouldn't be in...Show More Summary

Call Her Caitlyn But Then Let’s Move on to the Issues Affecting the Trans Community

Today Caitlyn Jenner introduced herself to the world in a fabulous Vanity Fair spread. “Call me Caitlyn,” she tells the public in this latest cover story and through her recently launched @Caitlyn­­_Jenner Twitter handle. It is important...Show More Summary

The Patriot Act's Time is Up

The Senate is in gridlock – but the tide is shifting in favor of surveillance reformers. The showdown between hawks and reformers was on full display over the weekend, as the Senate took up two separate bills to address the looming Patriot...Show More Summary

Nebraska Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto and Gives Dreamers Their License to Drive

Maria Marquez Hernandez just graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in psychology, but she still can't give her younger sister a ride. That's because she's a Dreamer — brought to the U.S. by her parents andShow More Summary

Minneapolis Divided: A Tale of Two Cities

Being Black in America today is rough. Turns out being Black and living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, doesn't make it any easier. Often appearing on "Top 10 Best Places to Live" lists, Minneapolis is billed as a progressive, accessible American city, where residents can work, raise families, and generally live out their own American dream. Show More Summary

Victory! UN Crime Commission Approves Mandela Rules on Treatment of Prisoners

Last week I was in Vienna, representing the ACLU at the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Meetings of the Crime Commission, as it's informally known, are sometimes contentious. But the commission's closing session on Friday afternoon was anything but. Show More Summary

I Know an American 'Internment' Camp When I See One

Last summer, the Obama administration announced its plans to open new immigrant family detention centers in response to the wave of women and children fleeing violence in Central and South America and seeking asylum in the United States. Show More Summary

Death by Debtors' Prison: Ray Staten's 16-Day Jail Sentence for Unpaid Court Fees Cost Him His Life

This piece originally appeared at The Guardian. Ray Charles Staten Sr. should have celebrated his 60th birthday this month. Instead, his family marked the fourth anniversary of his death. It all started, according to a lawsuit that settled...Show More Summary

What Congress Needs to Do Now for Real NSA Spying Reform

This was originally posted at The Daily Beast. One section of the Patriot Act has been ritually abused. Americans want it changed. With a few days left to kill, amend, or reauthorize the bill, the ACLU's legislative counsel says theShow More Summary

What ACLU v. Clapper Means

Many others have already weighed in about the significance of last week’s ruling in ACLU v. Clapper. Here are my own quick thoughts. As regular readers of this blog already know, I’m counsel to the plaintiffs in the litigation. The ruling...Show More Summary

After Rand Paul’s Sort-of Filibuster, What’s Next for Surveillance Reform?

While technically Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) stand against the NSA yesterday wasn't a filibuster, any time a member of Congress talks for over ten hours without a bathroom break, it's close enough in our book. Paul's move came just as the debate around NSA reform started heating up in the Senate. Show More Summary

The 'South Texas Family Residential Center' Is No Haven: It’s an Internment Camp.

Originally posted on The Marshall Project. The Dilley "South Texas Family Residential Center" tries to mask its nature with summer-camp-inspired euphemisms. When I visited Dilley last week along with other nonprofit representatives,Show More Summary

'Innocence' Restored

Fifteen months ago, I wrote about a terrible decision by a federal appeals court, which secretly ordered Google and YouTube to remove all copies of a controversial and newsworthy film from their online platforms. This original panelShow More Summary

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