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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.



News from the ACLU of LA

Court Affirms First Amendment Rights of Panhandlers —  A federal judge declared the City of Slidell’s panhandling ordinance unconstitutional yesterday, ruling that the law violated the First Amendment rights of people asking for money anywhere within the Slidell City limits.

Historic Criminal Justice Reforms Approved by Louisiana Lawmakers
 — Advocates including the ACLU are applauding the state legislature’s approval of a series of measures that will result in an estimated 10 percent reduction in the state’s prison population over the next ten years, calling the reforms a major step forward in a state that currently incarcerates more people per capita than any other in the United States and the world.

Open Letter Regarding Confederate Monument at Caddo Parish Courthouse
 — ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Marjorie Esman sent an open letter to Caddo Parish Commissioners today, urging them to take steps to remove the Confederate monument at the Caddo Parish Courthouse.

ACLU of Louisiana Sues Orleans District Attorney for Failure to Comply with Public Records Law
 —  Today the ACLU of Louisiana sued Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for refusing to provide public records identifying the lawyers in his office who have issued or authorized false subpoenas, or documents that claim to be subpoenas but were not issued by a court. The suit seeks to compel the District Attorney to respond to an inquiry, sent on May 5, 2017, which requested documents sufficient to show the names and Louisiana bar numbers of those lawyers.

ACLU Issues Texas ‘Travel Advisory’
 — The American Civil Liberties Union issued a “travel alert” today informing anyone planning to travel to Texas in the near future to anticipate the possible violation of their constitutional rights when stopped by law enforcement.

Statement In Anticipation of DOJ Report on Alton Sterling’s Death
 — In November 2016, after a series of unconstitutional law enforcement reactions to protest over the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, law enforcement entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with five organizations that filed suit regarding the treatment of peaceful protesters. 

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