Promoting Equality

We should all be free to live openly as ourselves. The NYCLU challenges systemic racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and bias in state and local laws, policies, and practices, and we advance protections for communities being targeted. Issue areas include:

By the Numbers


The median income of white households in New York is nearly 15 times that of Black households.


Over one million New Yorkers identify as LGBTQ+, with the largest population in the country residing in New York City.


Each night New York detains nearly 400 immigrants in local jails for civil immigration violations.

Our Approach

Know Your Rights

You have rights while protesting, attending school, accessing health care, voting, and more. Empower yourself by learning more about your rights, how to exercise them, and what to do when they are violated.

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Our Approach


Whether at the town council or the state capitol, we fight for laws and policies that advance justice and liberty. With offices across New York and a major presence in Albany, we push lawmakers and leaders, evaluate proposed legislation, and draft justice-forward bills. Explore our policy memos, testimonies, comments, and more.

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Our Approach

Court Cases

When New Yorkers’ rights are under attack, we file suit. Our casework in state and federal courts delivers justice for our clients, advances legal understandings of civil rights and liberties in our state, and protects the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Explore our case history to learn more.

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