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: 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 Privacy and Technology

Legislative Memo: Rights of Pregnant Inmates

Every pregnant individual has a right to be treated with dignity and to have the necessary resources and supports that enable them to truly exercise agency in their reproductive decision making. However, the reproductive rights and wellbeing of pregnant inmates are dangerously disregarded.

July 21, 2020 Criminal Justice Reform Racial Justice Rights of Incarcerated People Reproductive Rights and Justice Rights of Pregnant and Parenting People Abortion Rights and Access