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American Civil Liberties Union: Legal advocacy organization
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." Officially nonpartisan, the organization has been supported and criticized by liberal and conservative organizations alike. The ACLU works through litigation and lobbying and it has over 1,200,000 members and an annual budget of over $100 million. Local affiliates of the ACLU are active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The ACLU provides legal assistance in cases when it considers civil liberties to be at risk. Legal support from the ACLU can take the form of direct legal representation or preparation of amicus curiae briefs expressing legal arguments when another law firm is already providing representation.


A.C.L.U. Sues Prison Bureau for Denying Medication to Opioid-Addicted Inmate

A federal judge will decide on Wednesday whether the Bureau of Prisons must provide buprenorphine, an addiction medication, to a Kansas inmate who is past the detox stage.
NYTimes.com - Published

ACLU pushes House to oppose bill criminalizing domestic terrorism

The ACLU said the bill would unnecessarily expand authorities used by the Trump administration to target and discriminate against the very communities Congress hopes to protect
CBS News - Published

Videos for American Civil Liberties Union

Judge blocks Missouri's restrictive abortion law [Video]Judge blocks Missouri's restrictive abortion law

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked Missouri from enforcing a law banning abortion after eight weeks except in cases of medical emergency. Jillian Kitchener has more.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

Guatemala Agrees To Migration Measures To Avoid Sanctions [Video]Guatemala Agrees To Migration Measures To Avoid Sanctions

President Donald Trump said he agreed to drop the threat of economic sanctions against Guatemala, Reuters reports. This comes after the country said it would implement new measures aimed at reducing..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Rapid deportations to be expanded: DHS [Video]Rapid deportations to be expanded: DHS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Monday it will order more speedy deportations of immigrants who crossed illegally and are caught anywhere in the United States, expanding a program..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:28Published


Missouri's eight-week abortion ban blocked by federal judge

A federal judge has blocked Missouri from enforcing its ban on abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU asked the judge to issue a temporary restraining order to stop..
CBS News - Published

US citizen wrongly held in jail for his skin color and Latino name, lawsuit says

Ramon Torres, a Honduran-born U.S. citizen, was illegally held in jail, according to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Louisiana on Wednesday.
USATODAY.com - Published

'Ticking time bomb': Violence surges amid guard shortage, lockdown at Mississippi prison

As a lockdown at this Mississippi prison enters its seventh month, violence is rampant. It's "not a sustainable situation," ACLU official says. Others agree.
USATODAY.com - Published

Michigan man with diabetic condition dies after being deported to Iraq

A Michigan man with a diabetic condition was deported to Iraq. He died just months later, and the ACLU said it's due in part to his struggles to find insulin.  
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ACLU files lawsuit over fast-track deportation policies

The lawsuit called the extension of the policy​ allowing immigration officers to deport migrants without requiring them to appear before judges as "dramatic" and "illegal"
CBS News - Published

ACLU: 900 migrant children separated despite judge's order

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a court motion revealing that at least 900 migrant children have been separated from their families despite a judge's order curtailing the Trump..
CBS News - Published

U.S. abortion rights groups sue over Missouri law

Prominent U.S. abortion rights groups Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit late on Tuesday in an effort to stop a new Missouri law that bans almost all..
Reuters - Published

Over 900 children separated at U.S. border since policy halted: ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday asked a federal judge to stop the Trump administration's ongoing separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the government had taken more..
Reuters - Published

Planned Parenthood's new leader on "what's at stake" in abortion fight

Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have filed a lawsuit against Missouri challenging a state law that would ban abortions after 8 weeks. This comes two weeks after Alexis McGill Johnson took over as..
CBS News - Published

900 migrant kids separated from parents despite court order, ACLU says

According to the ACLU, the Trump administration has accused mothers who were victims of gang violence of being gang members themselves
CBS News - Published

Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Missouri over 8-week abortion ban

Every one of the so-called "heartbeat" bans passed in various states is now in the hands of the courts
CBS News - Published Also reported by •USATODAY.comReuters

More Than 900 Migrant Children Have Been Separated From Their Families Over Past Year

Separations of migrant families are continuing in substantial numbers, often for reasons as simple as a parent with a traffic ticket, the American Civil Liberties Union reported.
NYTimes.com - Published

ACLU files motion to block Georgia's six-week abortion ban from taking effect

ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights are amid a lawsuit challenging Georgia's six-week "fetal heartbeat" abortion ban.
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump administration expands deportation authority across US; ACLU promises legal action

The change is the latest move in the administration's attempts to crack down on illegal immigration.
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U.S. rights groups ask courts to freeze Trump asylum rule

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups that sued to block the Trump administration's latest initiative to bar almost all asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border have asked courts to..
Reuters - Published

ACLU files lawsuit against Trump administration asylum rules

Under new rules, migrants who pass through another country on their way to the U.S. will be ineligible for asylum
CBS News - Published

A Day After It Was Filed, New Trump Asylum Policy Gets Hit in Court

The American Civil Liberties Union challenged new rules that would prevent people from claiming asylum unless they applied in another country first.
NYTimes.com - Published

ACLU files suit to block Trump rule to stop asylum seekers

The American Civil Liberties Union sued U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday, challenging a sweeping new rule that would bar almost all migrants from seeking asylum at the southern..
Reuters - Published

Customs officers barred from randomly checking papers on domestic flights

Customs officers must inform passengers on domestic flights that ID checks are voluntary after reaching a court settlement in an ACLU lawsuit.
USATODAY.com - Published

Missouri abortion ban could go on the ballot in 2020

Missouri's abortion ban may be put to a vote in 2020. The state's appellate court has decided to allow the ACLU to begin collecting signatures to put the new law to a public vote. The ACLU needs to..
CBS News - Published

ACLU and others file lawsuit against Georgia's "heartbeat" abortion law

The ACLU, Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood announced they've filed a lawsuit challenging a new abortion law in Georgia. The "Living Infants Fairness and Equality" Act bans all..
CBS News - Published

Restrictive Georgia abortion law target of ACLU, Planned Parenthood lawsuit

The American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit challenging the Georgia abortion ban.  
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump says he asked lawyers if census could be delayed after Supreme Court decision on citizenship question

"For all intents and purposes, this is over," said Dale Ho, the director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project who argued the case before the court.
USATODAY.com - Published

Intelligent ‘Robot Surveillance’ Poses Threats, A.C.L.U. Study Says

Advances in artificial intelligence could supercharge surveillance cameras, allowing footage to be constantly monitored and instantly analyzed.
NYTimes.com - Published

Roadblock in bid to repeal Missouri abortion ban

Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says the state Constitution prohibits a referendum on Missouri's new eight-week abortion ban. The ACLU submitted a referendum petition on the legislation...
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Missouri secretary of state blocks 'heartbeat' abortion law referendum

A move to authorize a referendum over Missouri's recently enacted ban on abortions after the eighth week of pregnancy hit a roadblock on Thursday when the secretary of state rejected petitions filed by..
Reuters - Published

Hollywood's Peter Chernin to raise $15M to fight anti-abortion laws

The entertainment industry heavyweight says he'll continue to work in Georgia while raising money for the ACLU
CBS News - Published

Indiana wants to ban 'inhumane' abortions. The ACLU aims to block the 'burdenous' law.

A federal judge is set Monday to take up the ACLU's bid to block a new Indiana law that would ban a second-trimester abortion procedure.
USATODAY.com - Published

Netflix to join the ACLU's fight against Georgia abortion bill

Netflix announced they will work with the ACLU in its fight against Georgia's abortion law. This comes as more Hollywood stars threaten to boycott working there if the law is implemented. Their..
CBS News - Published

Groups sue over Alabama abortion law; judge blocks Mississippi ban

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging a law enacted by Alabama last week that bans nearly all abortions and makes performing the..
Reuters - Published

ACLU sues over FDA limits on abortion pill access

The lawsuit contends the drug, used for abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy​, should be available by prescription in pharmacies across the U.S.
CBS News - Published

Official: Pregnant teens in migrant shelters have no abortion rights

The ACLU sued the government alleging that it is unlawfully restricting minors from having abortions
CBS News - Published

Iowa court blocks 72 hour waiting period for abortions

The ruling comes after Planned Parenthood of Iowa and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed suit
CBS News - Published

ACLU, Planned Parenthood file lawsuit to block Alabama abortion ban

The ACLU and Planned Parenthood have filed a lawsuit challenging Alabama's near-total ban on abortion, which the governor signed last week.
CBS News - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Abortion rights groups sue to block Alabama's near-total ban

The near-total abortion ban in Alabama is scheduled to go into effect in November, but Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are suing to block it.
USATODAY.com - Published

Suit seeks $100 million for family of woman Border Patrol killed

Claudia Gómez González was in group of migrants confronted by agent last year; ACLU says Guatemalan woman "posed no threat to anyone"
CBS News - Published

Arizona Prisons’ Ban on Book About Racism in Criminal Justice Draws Challenge

State officials banned “Chokehold,” by Paul Butler, in March. Now the A.C.L.U. is defending the book, which calls for prison to be abolished.
NYTimes.com - Published

ACLU and Planned Parenthood challenge Ohio's 'heartbeat' abortion ban in court

Abortion providers argue the new Ohio law is blatantly unconstitutional.
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. customs can seize your laptop or phone without a warrant. Advocates cry foul in court

The ACLU and EFF are trying to get a court to rule searches of phones and laptops at the U.S. border are unconstitutional.
USATODAY.com - Published

Mexico warns of 'deep concern' over armed groups on U.S. border

Mexico said on Saturday it had "deep concern" about armed groups that intimidate and extort migrants on the border, shortly after the ACLU and Democratic senators called for a probe into such citizen..
Reuters - Published

Armed civilians are detaining migrants at the border. The ACLU wants them investigated.

The United Constitutional Patriots is patrolling the border area, armed with weapons and searching for migrants.
USATODAY.com - Published

"Armed vigilantes unlawfully detaining migrants" near border, ACLU says

CBP said it "does not endorse or condone private groups or organizations that take enforcement matters into their own hands"
CBS News - Published

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