Criminal Justice

The rights guaranteed to the accused, defendants, offenders, and incarcerated are fundamental political rights that protect all Americans from governmental abuse of power.

Democracy & Voting Rights

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. The ACLU works to protect and expand Americansʼ freedom to vote.


"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Free Speech

The framers of the Constitution believed that freedom of inquiry and free expression were the hallmarks of a democratic society. The First Amendment exists to protect speech, even the most offensive and controversial, from government suppression.

Housing Justice

All renters should have representation to navigate the complex eviction process.

Immigrants' Rights

Upholding the rights of immigrants is important to us all. The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every "person" and are not limited to citizens.