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Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Human Rights
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Archived Since:July 27, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in 30 States – With More to Come

This morning the Supreme Court denied certiorari in all five freedom to marry cases pending before it. The ACLU was co-counsel in three of the five cases. The Supreme Court had previously granted a stay of the decisions by the 4th, 7th...Show More Summary

Spotted on Campus: Up-Armored Mine-Resistant Monster Trucks

With the cost of tuition skyrocketing, you may be wondering why universities are getting mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles – or MRAPs ­– which are designed for the battlefield and cost $700,000. The answer is simple: They don't pay for them. Show More Summary

This Lawyer Fought to Keep the Texas Abortion Clinics Open

"I'm obviously devastated, and I quite honestly feel physically ill." This piece was originally published on After the Texas legislature passed H.B. 2, a set of anti-abortion regulations so restrictive they were destined...Show More Summary

The Worst Phone Call of My Career: I’m Sorry Clinics, You Have to Close

I had to make a phone call today that I have been dreading my entire career. I had to call amazing abortion clinics to tell them that they must to close their doors after serving Texas women for more than 30 years. An appeals court just...Show More Summary

Obama Tells Arizona: Let Dreamers Drive

This week, the United States sent a clear message to the state of Arizona: Let the Dreamers drive. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States urged the Court to affirm its...Show More Summary

Victory Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Jails, Where Too Many Have Suffered, Died, from Neglect

It took a nurse observing a man “eating chunks [taken out of his cell wall]” before he was moved out of solitary confinement. This happened in Maricopa County Jail, run by the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Such incidents are not rare. The...Show More Summary

Facebook Apologizes for Real Name Policy’s Impact, But No Real Changes Yet

Wednesday the ACLU, along with a coalition of partner organizations, went to Facebook to urge it to fix a flawed policy that requires users to speak in a voice other than the one they prefer. Facebook’s current “real name” policy requires...Show More Summary

The Broken No-Fly List Process Needs Fixing

The procedure for challenging bans on air travel was deemed unconstitutional three months ago by a federal judge – but it's still in place. Although the government has committed, in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU, to revamping the process for challenging inclusion on the No-Fly List, critical questions remain unanswered. Show More Summary

New Alabama Law Puts Teens Who Need Abortions on Trial. That's Dangerous and Cruel.

Picture this: You are 17 years old, in your senior year of high school, and you've just learned you're pregnant. You'd like to be able to turn to your parents for support but you know you can't. After all, they kicked your older sister out of the house when she got pregnant. Show More Summary

Oklahoma's Response to Botched Execution: Hide the Next One from the Public

It's a dark day for Oklahoma. That metaphor is particularly apt this week, as the Sooner State just redoubled its commitment to keeping capital punishment in the shadows by hiding its lethal injection process from public view and oversight. Five...Show More Summary

Securing Our Data Should Come First

This post was first published as part of the New York Times Room for Debate feature "Apple vs. the Law," which asked: How much should tech companies cooperate with the government on data access? Apple's new encryption policy is a victory for privacy, security and free speech. Show More Summary

Up to 20% of Border Patrol Drone Flights Are Inside the United States

The GAO released a report Tuesday on Customs and Border Patrol’s use of Predator drones in which it revealed that up to 20 percent of the CBP’s drone flight hours were spent in airspace inside “border and coastal areas." Drone technology is new and the subject of an ongoing nationwide debate over its appropriate uses and privacy implications. Show More Summary

Scholars Evaluate the Cost of Locking Up Immigrants For Months and Years on End. The Results Are as Bad as You'd Expect.

In 2012, the government put a record-breaking 478,000 people behind bars while seeking to deport them from the United States. Many of them are seeking refuge from persecution; others are long-time lawful permanent residents with U.S....Show More Summary

The Wal-Mart Model: Not Just for Retail, Now It’s for Private Prisons Too!

The nation's biggest and baddest for-profit prison company suddenly cares about halfway houses – so much so, that they want in on the action. About a year after acquiring a smaller firm that operates halfway houses and other community...Show More Summary

New Documents Shed Light on One of the NSA's Most Powerful Tools

Today, we're releasing several key documents about Executive Order 12333 that we obtained from the government in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that the ACLU filed (along with the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School) just before the first revelations of Edward Snowden. Show More Summary

Smokey Says, Get a Permit, Shutterbug

Well, sort of. First Amendment advocates have expressed escalating concern in recent days over a U.S. Forest Service rule requiring permits for photographers in national forests. In particular what is at issue is a new proposed Forest...Show More Summary

For One Young Black Man in Newark, 'The Talk' was about Police

This piece was originally published on When I was 14, my grandfather sat me down for "the talk" – not the birds and the bees, but "the billy clubs and the bullets." I brushed him off. I thought that in my majority-black hometown of Newark, racism would not reach me. Show More Summary

DHS Argues It Has Evidence That Locking Up Immigrant Families Deters Migration. One Problem: It’s So Wrong.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to claim both the incredible and the disgraceful: that Central American mothers and children fleeing danger pose a "national security" threat to the United States and must be locked...Show More Summary

Countering Violent Extremism: Time for the Administration to Get It Right

Today President Obama took the unusual step of chairing a meeting of the U.N. Security Council. He went seeking international support for the campaign against the group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including a...Show More Summary

Welcoming "the Scrutiny of the World" on Human Rights

Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, President Obama took a moment to reflect on America's domestic human rights record and the situation in Ferguson. I realize that America's critics will be quick to...Show More Summary

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