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)
Updated and revised for 2015!
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

ACLU Sues Over Public Defender Shortage and Resulting Wait List in New Orleans
 — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana filed a class-action lawsuit yesterday evening against the Orleans Parish public defenders’ office and the Louisiana Public Defender Board over the office’s placement of new clients on a waiting list for representation due to a shortage of public defenders.

ACLU of Louisiana Statement on Historic Vote to Remove Confederate Monuments from New Orleans Public Spaces 
— The ACLU of Louisiana stands in full support of the 6-1 vote of the New Orleans City Council to remove statutes commemorating slavery, racism, and oppression. 

Open Letter Regarding Religious Freedom in Jefferson Parish — The ACLU of Louisiana sent an open letter today to Jefferson Parish Councilmember Ben Zahn, following his comments to The Advocate newspaper on which religions would be welcome at an annual holiday celebration.

Official Statement on Governor’s Order Barring Refugees from Louisiana
 — The ACLU of Louisiana joins all those around the world who have expressed their grief, outrage, and condolences in the wake of the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad. We are further dismayed by Governor Bobby Jindal’s unlawful and unenforceable attempt to bar refugees fleeing that same violence from resettling in Louisiana.

First Amendment Lawsuit Challenges Louisiana’s Online Age-Verification Law
— Booksellers and publishers filed a federal lawsuit today challenging a new Louisiana law that requires websites to age-verify every Internet user before providing access to non-obscene material that could be deemed harmful to any minor.

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