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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

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.

Slidell Agrees to Temporary Suspension of Panhandling Ordinance — In a conference yesterday before U.S. District Judge Lance Africk, the City of Slidell agreed not to enforce its requirement that panhandlers register with the police, pending the court’s ruling on the ordinance’s constitutionality. Based on that promise, the ACLU of Louisiana has agreed that its request for a preliminary injunction can be dismissed as moot.

ACLU of Louisiana Sends Open Letter Regarding Religious Display at Grant Parish Courthouse
 — The ACLU of Louisiana sent a letter to the Grant Parish Police Jury today, after receiving a complaint about a Christmas Nativity scene set up near the entrance of the courthouse in Colfax, La. The letter requests that the display be modified to bring it into compliance with the law.

Slidell Residents Sue to Block Panhandling Permit Requirement — The ACLU of Louisiana has sued the City of Slidell on behalf of three individuals who panhandle on the city streets. Gary Blitch, a U.S. Army veteran, and co-plaintiffs David Knight and Daniel Snyder, seek nothing more than their First Amendment right to ask others for money.

Baton Rouge Law Enforcement Settles With Grassroots and Advocacy Groups to Provide More Protection for Protests — Law enforcement agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought in response of violence and aggressive policing of protests following Alton Sterling’s murder in Baton Rouge this summer. On November 29, 2016, five Louisiana non-profit and legal organizations signed and jointly filed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Louisiana State Police, and the City of Baton Rouge.

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