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.

Upcoming Events

October 19
Race and the Constitution
7 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Shreveport

October 27
The Shame of Our State: Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Louisiana
6 p.m. at Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge


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.



News from the ACLU of LA

Disastrous Toll of Drug Use Criminalization
 —  The massive enforcement of laws criminalizing personal drug use and possession in the United States causes devastating harm, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a joint report released today.

Open Letter Regarding Slidell Panhandling Ordinance
 — The ACLU of Louisiana sent a letter to the members of the Slidell City Council today, advising them that their ordinance requiring permits for panhandlers violates the Constitution.

Federal Court Blocks Louisiana's Online Age-Verification Law for Violating First Amendment — On Friday, October 7, Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson of federal district court signed an order permanently preventing Louisiana from enforcing a 2015 Louisiana law that required websites to age-verify every Internet user before providing access to non-obscene material that could be deemed harmful to any minor. Judge Jackson had previously granted a preliminary injunction in the case, Garden District Book Shop v. Stewart. The state then determined that it would not defend the constitutionality of the law and agreed to the entry of a permanent injunction

ACLU of Louisiana to Present Panel on Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts
 — On October 27, 2016, the ACLU of Louisiana will present a critical panel discussion on the impact of non-unanimous jury verdicts in Louisiana. Louisiana is only one of two states that allow felony convictions by a less-than-unanimous jury vote. This unfair practice arose out of post-Reconstruction racism, and has led to countless wrongful convictions. The panel will discuss the history and effects of non-unanimous verdicts, as well as strategies for restoring the unanimous verdict requirement to Louisiana’s legal system.

ACLU of Louisiana Statement on 'Flag Desecration' Arrest in Lafayette
 — According to news reports, a man was arrested in Lafayette yesterday and charged with 'flag desecration.' Charri Mohamad was charged under LA Rev Stat § 14:116 following complaints from a local business, whose security cameras recorded footage appearing to show Mohamad burning an American flag, and tearing up another.

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