We are proud to join with you in fighting for the civil liberties of all residents of the District of Columbia.

It has been an unprecedented year. From the racist practices of the police to the inequalities laid bare by COVID-19, we have fought at every step to prevent egregious threats to our democracy and stand up for our rights as Americans. We have been protesting, testifying before the D.C. Council and taking the government to court. At every step of the way, our members and donors stood with us and encouraged our work. Every one of the stories shared has been possible because of people like you.

Who We Are

OUR MISSION

Founded in 1961, the ACLU of the District of Columbia serves to protect, preserve, and expand the civil liberties of all residents of the District. As the home of the U.S. federal government, we also co-counsel on national cases that impact all Americans. We work through an integrated advocacy approach that puts pressure on all branches of government, ensuring that it is truly “of the people, for the people, and by the people.”

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

TELL YOUR STORY

How We Work

LITIGATION

When the police use excessive force, or the government muzzles protestors, or Trump tries a new racist immigration rule, it is our Legal team that sues to stop injustices.

LEGISLATION

Our Policy team meets with city officials and testifies before the D.C. Council in our mission to dismantle mass incarceration, protect everyone’s privacy, and set a budget that reflects the values of D.C. residents.

PUBLIC EDUCATION

We are in the community, giving Know Your Rights trainings to vulnerable communities, soliciting stories of police interactions, and hearing from you as we set our agenda.

Our Team

 

Our Issues

Our strength lies in our intersectional approach: every person is multi-faceted, and we have the expertise to make sure all of their rights are upheld.

CRIMINAL LEGAL REFORM

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

DISABILITY RIGHTS

IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS

LGBT RIGHTS

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COVID-19 and Civil Liberties

Shoulder-to-shoulder dining areas. Little medical care. Inadequate cleaning supplies. The novel coronavirus laid bare the inhumane conditions that incarcerated and institutionalized populations endure in the District. We fought to keep our most vulnerable populations safe.

D.C. JAIL

Our ongoing lawsuit and advocacy campaign led to a 20% reduction in the number of incarcerated at the Jail, most of whom have yet to be convicted of a crime.

ST. ELIZABETHS

We first sued the state-run psychiatric hospital when the water was shut off in October. Unsanitary conditions were only exacerbated by the pandemic.

HOPE VILLAGE

Nearly all of the residents of this halfway house were released to home confinement after we sued the Bureau of Prisons.

CHILDREN AT THE BORDER

Unaccompanied minors fleeing violence are being denied refugee claims on the grounds that they might have COVID-19.

14,000 Strong

Members and Supporters

It is only because of the steadfast support of thousands of District residents that we are able to go into this election season with all cylinders firing. No matter the result, we will need your continued support to advocate for the most vulnerable and repair the damage to our civil rights.

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Cooperating Attorneys

A Better Childhood, Inc.

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

American Immigration Council

Arent Fox

Arnold & Porter

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

Covington & Burling

Mark Goldstone

Human Rights First

Hogan Lovells

Jenner & Block

Knight First Amendment Institute

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Loevy & Loevy

Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, University of Chicago Law School

Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, Yale Law School

Miller & Chevalier

Munger, Tolles & Olson

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

National Immigrant Justice Center

National Immigration Law Center

Open the Government

Oxfam America

Public Citizen Litigation Group

Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Sidley Austin

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

Texas Civil Rights Project

Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson

FINANCIALS

The ACLU-DC is comprised of two organizations, the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia and the ACLU Foundation of the District of Columbia. Contributions to ACLU-DC Foundation are tax deductible for charitable purposes, while ACLU-DC membership dues are not.

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“So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy.”

Roger Baldwin, ACLU Founder