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
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

Open Letter to University of Louisiana at Lafayette Regarding LGBT Studies
On Friday, July 13, 2012 the ACLU of Louisiana sent an open letter to ULL President Dr. Joseph Savoie, commending the university on its decision to offer the first LGBT studies minor available to students in Louisiana.  

Releasing Low-Risk Elderly Prisoners Would Save Billions of Dollars While Protecting Public Safety, ACLU Report Finds
States including Louisiana could save on average more than $66,000 year for each elderly prisoner they needlessly keep behind bars, a new report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union finds.

Court Rules that City Cannot Retain Property Without Showing Need
Today the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal vacated its earlier opinion and ruled that Erroll Houston is entitled to a hearing to secure the return of his firearm, seized and held by the New Orleans Police Department even though no criminal charges have been pursued against him.

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