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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.

Resources

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.

Reports

 

News from the ACLU of LA

2.22.2017
ACLU of Louisiana Responds to Report of Locked Courtroom in Lafayette —  According to a report by KATC-TV News in Lafayette, some defendants in Lafayette Parish Court are being locked inside during proceedings, while the public is barred from entering. Lafayette Parish Court Commissioner Thomas Frederick, KATC reports, has a bailiff posted at his courtroom door to turn away members of the public, including those accompanying defendants.

2.9.2017
ACLU of Louisiana Files Brief In Support of Immigrants’ Right to Marry  —  Yesterday the ACLU Foundation of Louisiana filed a “friend-of-the-court” Amicus Brief in the case Vo v. Gee, challenging a state law that denies marriage licenses to foreign-born residents because of their inability to produce a birth certificate.

2.2.2017
ACLU of Louisiana Files Demands for Documents on Implementation of Trump’s Immigration Ban — The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed a Freedom of Information Act request today with its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection office to expose how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president’s immigration ban, acting in violation of federal courts that ordered a stay on the ban’s implementation. The filing today is part of a coordinated effort from 50 ACLU affiliates, which filed 18 FOIAs with CBP field offices and its headquarters spanning over 55 international airports across the country.

2.1.2017
ACLU of Louisiana Statement of Support for Muslims in Louisiana
 — The ACLU of Louisiana is committed to preserving the rights and freedoms of everyone in Louisiana. Our Muslim residents and visitors are no exception. We denounce President Trump’s bigoted, unconstitutional order barring refugees, immigrants, and travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries.

1.13.2017
New Orleans Passes Municipal Bail Reform
 — The New Orleans City Council yesterday unanimously approved an ordinance that will eliminate bail for most nonviolent municipal offenses, becoming the first major city in the state to pass a meaningful bail reform plan. The fight for bail reform in New Orleans has been tirelessly led by the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC), of which the ACLU of Louisiana is a founding member.

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