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 (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

ACLU of Louisiana Hails Supreme Court Decision Affirming Women's Right to Abortion Access
 —  In a 5-3 decision handed down this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down two Texas abortion restrictions that formed the basis for similar restrictions in Louisiana.

ACLU of Louisiana Statement on Orleans Parish Prison Settlement — 
U.S. District Judge Lance Africk has approved a settlement to end litigation over the fate of the Orleans Justice Center, known as Orleans Parish Prison (OPP).

Louisiana LGBT Advocates Respond to Attorney General’s Opinion and Lawsuit Regarding Transgender Students — Yesterday Attorney General Jeff Landry issued an Opinion, at the request of State Representative Mike Johnson and other legislators, criticizing Gov. Edwards' Executive Order JBE 16-11 which protects the rights of all Louisianians within the scope of the Executive Branch.

Landry's political posturing cannot be allowed to harm victims of discrimination merely to advance his own mean-spirited political agenda.

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.

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