In the Legislature

Legislative advocacy is a critical part of the NYCLU's interdisciplinary approach to protecting civil liberties, which also includes litigation, community organizing, and communications.

As part of its work to affect legislation the NYCLU distributes dozens of legislative memoranda each year. Legislative memoranda are position papers that the NYCLU distributes to the governor's office and to state legislators and their staffs laying out our views on bills under deliberation or on issues that we feel the Legislature needs to address.


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Legislative Memo: HALT Solitary Confinement Act

The use of solitary confinement in New York’s jails and prisons is inhumane. Thousands of New Yorkers are subjected to prolonged solitary confinement despite the growing body of research demonstrating that it can irreparably damage an individual’s health.

March 2, 2021

Legislative Memo: New York for All Act

Immigrant New Yorkers make invaluable contributions to our communities, economy, and culture. Yet many of New York’s 4.4 million foreign-born residents live in fear of being arrested, detained, and deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or U.S.

February 16, 2021 Immigrants' Rights Law Enforcement Working for ICE Local Anti-Immigrant Ordinances Racial Justice Family Separation Immigrant Driver Licenses Police Accountability School-to-Deportation Pipeline

Legislative Memo: COVID-19 Tech Privacy

We all share the fervent desire to safely re-open our state, and for many, there may be a temptation to turn to invasive technologies – from temperature screening devices to contact tracing apps – that promise to stem the virus’ spread while permitting us to return to our normal routines.

September 16, 2020 Biometric Privacy