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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.

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MAY 18 · Join the ACLU of Louisiana at the 2017 Ben Smith Fête honoring Deon Haywood! Tickets are on sale now.


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 Response to Orleans DA Regarding Jailing Rape Survivors for Refusal to Testify — Last week Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro told WWL-TV that he feels victims of violent crimes, including domestic abuse and sexual assault, are “wrong” for refusing to testify in their cases.

ACLU of Louisiana Reminds State Educators of Equal Rights for Students — 
Today the ACLU of Louisiana sent its annual open letter to the superintendents of all Louisiana public schools, reminding them that they may not legally discriminate against gay, lesbian, transgender, or genderqueer students’ participation in school activities, including school dances.

ACLU of Louisiana Honors Women's Activist Deon Haywood with Ben Smith Award — 
Longtime community activist Deon Haywood will receive the 41st Annual Ben Smith Award from the ACLU of Louisiana. This award honors people who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of civil liberties in Louisiana.

ACLU of Louisiana Sues to Protect Right to Photograph Police
 — In an action to protect the rights to photograph and the privacy of cellphones, the ACLU of Louisiana filed suit today on behalf of a Lafayette mother who took photographs of a Lafayette police vehicle.

ACLU of Louisiana Responds to Report of Locked Courtroom in Lafayette — According to a report by KATC-TV News in Lafayette, some defendants in Lafayette Parish Court are being locked inside during proceedings, while the public is barred from entering. Lafayette Parish Court Commissioner Thomas Frederick, KATC reports, has a bailiff posted at his courtroom door to turn away members of the public, including those accompanying defendants.

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