The ACLU of Louisiana

The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.


Know Your Rights - English | Conozca Su Derechos - Español
What to do if you are stopped by police, immigration agents or the FBI. Includes your rights, your responsibilities, and whether you need to answer questions about your immigration status. | Qué hacer si usted es detenido por la policía, agentes de inmigración o el FBI. Incluye sus derechos, sus responsabilidades, y si usted necesita para responder preguntas sobre su estatus migratorio.

Students' Rights Handbook (2nd Edition)
Students have rights, too! Unfortunately, they know too little about what they are and how to exercise them, especially in school. The ACLU Foundation of Louisiana dedicates this Students' Rights Handbook to all of the students and their parents who have had the courage to stand up for their rights, especially those who have served as plaintiffs in ACLU sponsored lawsuits. Updated and revised for 2014!



News from the ACLU of LA

ACLU Secures Exemption for Rastafari Student's Hairstyle
Victory for John Doe and the First Amendment! The ACLU of Louisiana has reached a written agreement with the Plaquemines Parish School Board that our client, a Rastafari student who attends South Plaquemines High School, will be able to remain in classes.

Open Letter on Student Religious Rights
The ACLU of Louisiana has released an open letter to the Plaquemines Parish School Board and administration of South Plaquemines High School, regarding a Rastafari student who has been barred from attending classes because of his relgiously-mandated hairstyle.

ACLU’s Report on Police Militarization Finds Weapons and Tactics of War Used Disproportionately Against People of Color
After obtaining and analyzing thousands of documents from police departments around the country, the American Civil Liberties Union has released the report War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing. The ACLU focused on more than 800 SWAT raids conducted by law enforcement agencies in 20 states and on the agencies’ acquisition of military weaponry, vehicles, and equipment.

LA Legislature Passes Texas-style Abortion Restriction
The Louisiana Legislature has passed a Texas-style abortion restriction by advancing a medically unnecessary bill designed to close women's health centers across the state. The bill now goes to the governor for his signature.


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