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 in 2014!



News from the ACLU of LA

ACLU Urges City of Kenner to Rethink Ban on Political Signs—Today the ACLU of Louisiana sent an open letter urging the City of Kenner to cease enforcement of its ordinance which prohibits the display of political signs on private property except for the period sixty (60) days before and ten (10) days after an election.

ACLU of Louisiana Releases Report on Incarcerating the Poor
According to a new report by the ACLU of Louisiana, courts across Louisiana routinely jail people for no reason other than their inability to pay court-ordered fines, even though that practice was deemed unconstitutional more than thirty years ago.

ACLU of Louisiana Statement on Executive Order Concerning Lafayette Shooting Protests
—The ACLU of Louisiana would like to express our profound sympathy to the families and loved ones of the victims of Thursday's shooting in Lafayette. We hope that, despite the threat of protests by the Westboro Baptist Church, Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson may be laid to rest in peace. Governor Jindal's Executive Order, issued yesterday morning, comes from the same well of sympathy, but it is misguided and has the potential to be used to infringe on protestors' First Amendment rights.

ACLU Files Suit Against Governor Jindal Over Unconstitutional Marriage Executive Order
—The ACLU Foundation of Louisiana, Forum for Equality Foundation, and 6 individual plaintiffs today filed suit challenging Governor Bobby Jindal's "Marriage and Conscience Order," signed on May 19, because it goes beyond his constitutional authority as governor. The lawsuit asserts that the “Marriage and Conscience Order” creates a class of persons who are protected over others due to their belief that same-sex couples should be denied marriage equality.

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