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

First Amendment Lawsuit Challenges Louisiana’s Online Age-Verification Law
— Booksellers and publishers filed a federal lawsuit today challenging a new Louisiana law that requires websites to age-verify every Internet user before providing access to non-obscene material that could be deemed harmful to any minor.

City of Abbeville Pays to Settle Lawsuit Over Restrictions on Social Media — The City of Abbeville has paid a total of $32,900.00 in settlement of the ACLU of Louisiana's suit regarding a policy prohibiting police department employees from engaging in commentary on personal social media if the comments might give a "negative view towards" the police department, the City or its employees or residents. The City of Abbeville has also revised that policy in accordance with guidelines set by the ACLU.

Open Letter Regarding Official Prayer and Religious Activity at Airline High School
— The ACLU of Louisiana sent an open letter today to the superintendent of Bossier Parish Schools, concerning a pattern of religious proselytization at Airline High School in Bossier City, LA.

ACLU of Louisiana Sues Orleans Parish Sheriff Over Public Records
— The ACLU Foundation of Louisiana has filed a lawsuit against the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, for failure to respond to a public records request.

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