ACLU of the District of Columbia
This past year saw democracy at its best, as voters stood up for our rights at the ballot box in November 2020. And our democracy faced a grave threat, as insurrectionists threatened a peaceful transition of power in January 2021.
Throughout the tumultuous year, our mission remained true: to protect and expand the civil liberties of all those within the District. This included neighbors, friends, and family living in working in Capitol Hill on January 6, when mobs attacked the Capitol. It included visitors who came to the city to protest, and local children in foster care. It included those incarcerated at the DC Jail and those most at risk of COVID-19. And it included you: our donors and members who supported us every step of the way.
“So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy.”
– ACLU Founder, Roger Baldwin
The ACLU of DC operates in three simultaneous, integrated ways: educating the public, lobbying for legislative change, and suing in court. Together, these paths serve to both protect our constitutional rights and expand our freedoms in the District.
Criminal Justice Reform
ACLU of DC
ACLU-DC staff and Board stepped up in a thousand different ways this year, including with personal testimonials on their values and desire for change on our blog.
Director of Philanthropy
Digital Communications Strategist
Arthur B. Spitzer
Deputy Director of Operations
Senior Communications Advisor
Strategic Communications Director
American Immigration Council
Covington & Burling LLP
Jenner & Block
Morris Fischer LLC
National Immigration Law Center
Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP
University of California, Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Knight First Amendment Institute
Munger Tolles & Olson
National Immigration Litigation Alliance
Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
Washington Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Arnold & Porter
Human Rights First
Loevy & Loevy
National Immigrant Justice Center
National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Texas Civil Rights Project
Yale Law School Clinic
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.