More than two centuries after the Declaration of Independence promised equal justice for all, that promise remains unfulfilled. New York State is home to some of the most segregated school districts in the country, Black and brown New Yorkers face disproportionate police attention and criminal penalties, and New Yorkers of color are most impacted by inequitable housing and development.
The NYCLU works to identify, challenge, and stamp out the ideologies and impacts of racism. We take on racial injustice in government institutions, including New York’s criminal legal and education systems, and we fight to make sure that all New Yorkers have access to the same opportunities.
- 4.5 millionBetween 2002 and 2018, 9 in 10 people the NYPD stopped were Black or Latinx. 9 in 10 stops -- more than 4.5 million -- were of innocent people.
- December 4, 2017
Charles v. City of New York (Challenging unlawful arrest of NYC resident for filming stop-and-frisk encounter)January 3, 2013
Peoples v. Fischer (Challenging policies governing use of solitary confinement in New York's prisons)January 3, 2013
Ligon v. City of New York (Challenging the NYPD’s aggressive patrolling of private apartment buildings)April 17, 2012
Ithaca City School District v. State Division of Human Rights (Arguing that state Human Rights Law covers school districts)March 8, 2012
NYCLU v. New York County District Attorney (Seeking access to records concerning the D.A.'s Trespass Affidavit Program)February 13, 2012
- July 5, 2015
Statement in Support of the Community Safety Act: Guaranteeing Safety and Respect for All New YorkersJune 12, 2013
- February 10, 2011