More than two centuries after the Declaration of Independence promised equal justice for all, that promise remains unfulfilled.
Reproductive justice in New York includes rights and access to everything from abortion to prenatal care, as well as addressing the full scope of New Yorkers’ lives — every issue that impacts them as they shape and care for their families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Technological innovation has long outpaced privacy protections. Both government and private companies are able to collect details about our private lives – what we say, what we believe, where we go, who we are with – often without our consent or even our knowledge.
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.
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.
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.
Every New Yorker deserves to be an integrated member of society with full access to education, housing, health care, jobs, and families.