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.

Upcoming Events

October 19
Race and the Constitution
7 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Shreveport

October 27
The Shame of Our State: Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Louisiana
6 p.m. at Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge

We're Hiring!

The ACLU of Louisiana is now seeking applications for the position of Staff Attorney. Click for job description and application details.


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

ACLU of Louisiana to Present Panel on Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts
 — On October 27, 2016, the ACLU of Louisiana will present a critical panel discussion on the impact of non-unanimous jury verdicts in Louisiana. Louisiana is only one of two states that allow felony convictions by a less-than-unanimous jury vote. This unfair practice arose out of post-Reconstruction racism, and has led to countless wrongful convictions. The panel will discuss the history and effects of non-unanimous verdicts, as well as strategies for restoring the unanimous verdict requirement to Louisiana’s legal system.

ACLU of Louisiana Statement on 'Flag Desecration' Arrest in Lafayette
 — According to news reports, a man was arrested in Lafayette yesterday and charged with 'flag desecration.' Charri Mohamad was charged under LA Rev Stat § 14:116 following complaints from a local business, whose security cameras recorded footage appearing to show Mohamad burning an American flag, and tearing up another.

ACLU of Louisiana Stands with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
 — ACLU of Louisiana has long been committed to supporting and defending the rights of indigenous people and communities. We recognize the vital roles peaceful protest, nonviolent civil disobedience, and activism play in defending our civil and human rights. We have seen firsthand in our own Louisiana communities the chilling and destructive results of militarized response to protest. The ACLU of Louisiana stands with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its allied indigenous nations and supporters across the globe as they speak out against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. As such, we denounce any government suppression of the right to protest and militarized policing of protesters by the state of North Dakota.

ACLU of Louisiana Reminds School Districts of Students' First Amendment Rights — After receiving reports of Louisiana students being punished for sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance, the ACLU of Louisiana sent a letter today to the superintendents of all Louisiana public school districts, reminding them of their obligation to protect students’ First Amendment rights. .

ACLU of Louisiana Statement on ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Arrest in New Orleans — The ACLU of Louisiana has learned that a man in New Orleans was booked on hate crime charges this week under the new ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law.

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