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)
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. Updated and revised for 2014!



News from the ACLU of LA

ACLU’s Report on Police Militarization Finds Weapons and Tactics of War Used Disproportionately Against People of Color
After obtaining and analyzing thousands of documents from police departments around the country, the American Civil Liberties Union has released the report War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing. The ACLU focused on more than 800 SWAT raids conducted by law enforcement agencies in 20 states and on the agencies’ acquisition of military weaponry, vehicles, and equipment.

LA Legislature Passes Texas-style Abortion Restriction
The Louisiana Legislature has passed a Texas-style abortion restriction by advancing a medically unnecessary bill designed to close women's health centers across the state. The bill now goes to the governor for his signature.

LA Legislature Advances Texas-style Abortion Restriction
Louisiana legislators came one step closer to passing a Texas-style abortion restriction by advancing a medically unnecessary bill that is designed to close women's health centers across the state. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved the bill, clearing the way for full Senate consideration of the bill, which has already passed the House.    

ACLU Reminds Iberville Parish That Clothing is Protected Expression
The ACLU of Louisiana released an open letter to the Iberville Parish Council today, regarding a proposed ordinance to regulate the clothing of its residents.

Louisiana School Agrees to Court Order Ending Discriminatory Religious Practices
A federal district court approved a consent decree requiring the Sabine Parish School Board to cease a variety of unconstitutional practices that impose religion on students at Negreet High School and other Sabine Parish Schools. 


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