More than two centuries after the Declaration of Independence promised equal justice for all, that promise remains unfulfilled.
Threats to immigrants have increased in recent years because of the cruel deportation agenda of the Trump administration. The NYCLU works in coalition with immigrants’ rights advocates to aggressively challenge unlawful practices and confront hate and xenophobia.
New York’s criminal justice system ensnares thousands of people each year. Police make arrests for minor misbehavior, officer misconduct goes unpunished, and people spend months behind bars awaiting trial.
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 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.
What used to be a trip to the principal’s office for minor misbehavior has become for many students in New York a trip to the police precinct — complete with handcuffs, jail cells and an appearance in court.
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, transgender, and queer people.
Every New Yorker deserves to be an integrated member of society with full access to education, housing, health care, jobs, and families.
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.
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.
The ACLU has been at the forefront of workers’ rights for a century, fighting for the rights of workers to speak out against abuse and exploitation, and to be free from employer retaliation when they do.