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As we approach the 100th year anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union, the challenges we face are greater than ever. With your support, we have fought the rising threats from the Trump Administration, galvanized volunteers to stand up for their rights, and protected civil liberties for all residents of the District.

OUR ISSUES

We are the only organization to protect all civil liberties of all residents of the District of Columbia. As a multi-issue organization, we have the ability to take an intersectional approach to the deepest civil rights problems in our city.

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IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS

In no other area has Trump shown such racist disregard for the Constitution than in immigration. We have sued repeatedly to keep him from initiating mass deportations, denying asylum to victims of sexual and physical violence , and engaging in secret, abusive detention of foreign nationals.

RACIAL JUSTICE

Data analysis showed what D.C. residents have been saying all along: Black and Brown people are far, far more likely to be arrested in the District than White people. We tackled one source of this dramatic racial disparity by changing the consequence of Metro fare evasion from jail time to a civil fine.

STATEHOOD

Over 700,000 people in the District, and not one person with federal representation. Yet Congress can meddle in our local laws, even attempting to force educational inequity. ACLU-DC continued to build on the growing push for statehood.

POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY

For far too many District residents, the police force that is meant to protect and serve harasses communities instead. We sued on behalf of a grieving mother subject to an unlawful police search and continued to force the Metropolitan Police Department to obey the NEAR Act, a law passed over 3 years ago that they continue to ignore.

FIRST AMENDMENT

We secured the right to political speech on behalf of federation employees and led a bipartisan group of partners in pushing against Trump’s plan to limit the right to demonstrate in front of the White House and National Mall.

DISABILITY RIGHTS

We sued the D.C. Housing Authority when they banned a deaf woman’s son from visiting her, because their only way to contact her was to call. When the city abruptly yanked a contract for disability services, putting thousands of lives at risk, we joined the call for immediate protection of disabled residents.

 

OUR WORK

We tackle each issue through a combination of approaches: appealing to the D.C. Council, bringing a lawsuit, and consistently advocating in our community. This integrated advocacy allows us to both mitigate harm and build on our success, leading to more effective protection of your rights.

LEGISLATION

TESTIMONIES
AT HEARINGS

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Bills Opposed
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Litigation

Trump Policies
Challenged

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Requests

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Direct
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Amicus Briefs
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Outreach

Media
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Know your
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Justice Reform
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OUR PEOPLE

STAFF

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Monica Hopkins

Executive Director


Natacia Knapper

Police Accountability Organizer


Michael PerLoff

Havard Law School Public Service Venture Fund Fellow

Larry Bryant

Field Organizer


Scott Michelman

Legal Co-Director


Brigid Slipka

Director of Philanthropy


Elaine Stamp

Paralegal

Suzanne Ito

Strategic Communications Director


Nassim Moshiree

Policy Director


Arthur B. Spitzer

Legal Co-Director

BOARD

Executive Committee

Allison Green, PRESIDENT

Samuel Daughety, VICE PRESIDENT

James Weingarten, TREASURER

Heidi Tseu Goulet, SECRETARY

Philippa Strum, PAST PRESIDENT

Scott Greytak

Courtney Stewart

Francel Bellinger Trotter

Board Members:

Kathryn Ali

Robyn Blumner

Christopher Caple

Deborah Carliner

Charlie Cerf

Rebecca Cokley

Bruce Gilchrist

Charisma Howell


Kimberly Leblanc-Ross

David Lopez

Mike Mage

Lorie Masters

John Davis Malloy

Julie Ferguson Queen

Mary Beth Tinker

John Wimberly

Cooperating Attorneys

Marcia Robinson Lowry
Sara Robinson-Glasser
A Better Childhood, Inc.

Samer E. Khalaf
Abed A. Ayoub
Yolanda Rondon
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Trina Realmuto
Kristin Macleod-Ball
Karolina J. Walters
American Immigration Council

Barbara S. Wahl
Michael F. Dearington
Arent Fox LLP

Brian D. Israel
Rebecca J. Michael
Theodore D. Frank
Allison Gardner
Arnold & Porter LLP

Eden Brown Gaines
Brown Gaines, LLC

Eunice Lee
Blaine Bookey
Karen Musalo
Anne Dutton
Neela Chakravartula
Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

Eden Brown Gaines
Brown Gaines, LLC

Dennis B. Auerbach
Philip J. Levitz
Covington & Burling

Samia Fam
Alice Wang
D.C. Public Defender Service

Joshua D. N. Hess
May Chiang
Dechert LLP

Marc Rotenberg
Electronic Privacy Information Center

Mark Goldstone

Hardy Vieux
Laura Gault
Josie Cardoso-Rojo
Human Rights First

Matthew E. Price
Max J. Minzner
Jenner & Block LLP

Alex Abdo
Jameel Jaffer
Greg Margolis
Ramya Krishnan
Knight First Amendment Institute

Jon Greenbaum
Joseph D. Rich
Thomas Silverstein
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Seth D. Berlin
Shaina Jones Ward
Mara J. Gassmann
Levine Sullivan Kock & Schulz, LLP

David A. Schulz
Hannah Bloch-Wehba
John Langford
Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, Yale Law School

Anthony F. Shelley
Kathleen Wach
Andrew Wise
Miller & Chevalier

Ajmel Quereshi
Sherrilyn A. Ifill
Samuel Spital
NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc.

Morgan Williams
National Fair Housing Alliance

Charles George Roth
Keren Hart Zwick
Gianna Borroto
National Immigrant Justice Center

Karen C. Tumlin
Esther Sung
Justin B. Cox
National Immigration Law Center

Philip Tegeler
Megan Haberle
Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Allison M. Zieve
Public Citizen Litigation Group

Sasha Samberg-Champion
Sara Pratt
Michael G. Allen
Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC

Bruce D. Brown
Katie Townsend
Caitlin Vogus
Gunita Singh
Gregg P. Leslie
Cynthia A. Gierhart
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Jonathan K. Youngwood
Susannah S. Geltman
Joshua Polster
Adrienne V. Baxley
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

David Sobel

Joshua S. Sohn
Patrick N. Petrocelli
Sarah M. Roe
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Madison Sloan
Texas Appleseed

Steven M. Wilker
Alexander M. Tinker
Tonkon Torp LLP

In Gratitude

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Charlie Cerf and
Mike Mage

We thank two long-time Board members, Charlie Cerf and Mike Mage, for their incredible service to ACLU-DC.

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Tiffany ThompsoN


And we remember our dear friend Tiffany Thompson, who brought light and joy to our office. You will be missed.

OUR FINANCIALS

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This is the 2018-2019 Annual Report of the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia and the ACLU Foundation of the District of Columbia.

Learn more about these two components of the ACLU.

© 2019 ACLU of the District of Columbia

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