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.



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Jones et al. v Stanford

The New York Civil Liberties Union, Rutgers Law School Constitutional Rights Clinic, and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York filed a lawsuit to end New York’s policies of banning internet and social media access for people required to register as sex offenders who are released on parole or supe

March 12, 2020 Freedom of Speech and Religion

Onosamba-Ohindo v. Barr

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Equal Justice Under Law filed a federal class action lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr and other federal officials to halt unconstitutional practices at bond hearings in the Buffalo and Batavia immigration courts.

March 11, 2020 Immigrants' Rights Detention and Due Process

Faith v. Steuben County

The New York Civil Liberties Union, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and the law firm of BakerHostetler filed suit against Steuben County, the Steuben County Sheriff, and several officials and employees at the Steuben County Jail on behalf of a transgender woman whom jail off

September 17, 2019 Transgender Rights LGBTQ Rights