The New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Ms. DeAnna LeTray, a transgender woman and Watertown resident who law enforcement harassed, arrested, and assaulted when responding to a call for assistance.
The New York Civil Liberties Union works in the courts as a public-interest law firm, bringing constitutional test cases in state and federal court. The NYCLU's legal program balances enforcement litigation, or cases that enforce previously established standards, and cutting-edge test case litigation, or cases that seek to set new standards. While litigation alone does not represent a complete strategy to preserve and enhance civil liberties, the lawsuits pursued by the NYCLU are important because of the particular wrongs they right, the individuals and groups they protect, and the constitutional doctrines they establish. Our litigation complements our proactive program of public education and advocacy.