For the past 65 years, the New York Civil Liberties Union has been dedicated to defending civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), we are a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with nine offices and nearly 200,000 supporters across the state. Our mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution and the New York Constitution.
As part of the ACLU’s nationwide network, the NYCLU’s successes resonate on a national stage. A leader in the movement for civil liberties, the NYCLU’s gains mean we hold the line for freedom not just in the Empire State, but also around the nation.
Here’s a look at how our statewide strategies have helped influence the nationwide conversation throughout our history.