How We Work
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.
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.
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 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
Watch a Hearing on DC Statehood. This video starts at 56:52
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.
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.
We first sued the state-run psychiatric hospital when the water was shut off in October. Unsanitary conditions were only exacerbated by the pandemic.
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.
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.