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.


May 2016

40th Annual Ben Smith Award Dinner
Honoring Julie Schwam Harris
New Orleans, May 14



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

Louisiana's Online Age-Verification Law Is Enjoined for Violating the First Amendment
 — Booksellers and publishers secured a preliminary injunction against 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. Judge Brian A. Jackson of the federal district court in Baton Rouge ruled in Garden District Book Shop, Inc. v. Stewart that the plaintiffs demonstrated they are likely to prevail on their claims that the law violates the First Amendment and is unconstitutionally vague.

ACLU of Louisiana Statement on Lafayette Schools’ Pledge Policy
 — The ACLU of Louisiana has learned that the Lafayette Parish School Board is considering changing its policy requiring students to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. We urge the school board to respect the rights and beliefs of their students, and rescind the policy.

ACLU of Louisiana Statement on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Order —  The ACLU of Louisiana applauds Governor Edwards for issuing the Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Order today (Executive Order JBE 2016-11), protecting the rights of LGBT Louisianians from discrimination while seeking state employment or services. This order is the first time Louisiana has explicitly recognized the equal rights of transgender people, and is a strong stand against bigotry.

ACLU of Louisiana Reminds School Districts of Equal Rights for Students —  The ACLU of Louisiana sent its annual reminder to the Superintendents of all Louisiana public school boards today, that they may not legally discriminate against LGBT students’ participation in prom or other school dances.


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