The right of every person to vote is one of the most fundamental pillars of American society. The NYCLU has been a leader in the fight to actualize and protect every citizen's ability to exercise this basic constitutional right in New York State.
The NYCLU has long been a strong defender of the rights of immigrants in New York, as the state has one of the largest and most diverse immigrant populations in the United States.
All too often, the rights of those involved in the criminal justice system -- especially people of color, low-income people, and immigrants -- are compromised or ignored. The NYCLU works to reform the criminal justice system and make the promise of fair treatment a reality for all people.
The Reproductive Rights program of the New York Civil Liberties Union (RRP) is the only New York State-based legal organization that focuses on reproductive rights.
The New York Civil Liberties Union aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to people who have historically been denied their rights on the basis of race.
Every New Yorker deserves the same rights and protections under the law. The NYCLU is a leader in protecting and fighting for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The Women’s Equality Act will help ensure that New York’s 10 million mothers, daughters, sisters and wives get a fair shake. This groundbreaking legislative act will help level the playing field and break down barriers so women can more fully and equally participate in society.
Campaigns to protect students from overly aggressive school policing and military recruitment practices, a groundbreaking Teen Activist Project, and other NYCLU programs transform youth into activists and advocates for their own rights and liberties.
The freedom of expression, the freedom of the press, and the freedom of religion -- supported by the strict separation of church and state -- are protected by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights and are guaranteed to all Americans.
In 1972 the NYCLU filed a historic civil rights lawsuit to challenge the inhumane institutional conditions suffered by the residents of the infamous Willowbrook State School.
Throughout U.S. history, “national security” has often been used as a pretext for massive violations of individual rights. In the past decade, the fight against terrorism has served as the pretext for serious attacks on civil liberties in New York State and nationwide.