Issues

The ACLU of Louisiana works to combat government abuses of individual rights.

Our focus areas are:

Freedom of Speech and Expression

Freedom of speech, of the press, of association, of assembly and petition -- this set of guarantees, protected by the First Amendment, comprises what we refer to as freedom of expression. Without it, other fundamental rights, like the right to vote, would wither and die. We respond to a variety of issues, including political protest, freedom of expression online, journalists' rights, scientific freedom, and openness in the courts.

Freedom of Religion

The goal of the ACLU's work on freedom of religion and belief is to guarantee that all are free to follow and practice their faith – or no faith at all – without governmental influence or interference. The ACLU promotes religious freedom and works to ensure that government neither prefers religion over non-religion nor favors particular faiths over others. At the same time, we act to protect the equally important and related constitutional right to exercise and express religious beliefs and individual conscience.

Criminal Justice Reform

The goal of criminal justice reform is to put an end to excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equal society.

Prison Reform

We work to ensure that conditions of confinement are constitutional and consistent with health, safety, and human dignity. Our goals include substantially reducing the existing incarcerated population, especially among people of color, the mentally ill, and other vulnerable populations; ending cruel, inhuman, and degrading conditions of confinement; increasing public accountability and transparency of jails, prisons, and other places of detention; and expanding prisoners' freedom of religion, expression, and association.

Achieving these goals will result in a criminal justice system that respects individual rights and increases public safety for everyone, at greatly reduced fiscal cost.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rights

The ACLU works to ensure that LGBT people have equal opportunity to participate fully in civil society. No LGBT person should experience discrimination in employment, housing, or in businesses and public places, or the suppression of their free expression or privacy rights. The ACLU seeks new laws against discrimination, and resists all attempts to weaken the impact of existing nondiscrimination laws.

Our work is not limited to these areas. If you believe your civil liberties have been violated, please see our File a Complaint page for more information.