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Ed Barocas, an NJ Legal Giant, Retires as ACLU-NJ Legal Director

After 17 years of litigating some of New Jersey’s most significant civil rights cases, Ed Barocas is retiring from his position as legal director. Taking the reins is Jeanne LoCicero, who has guided ACLU-NJ litigation in the Trump era through her previous roles as deputy legal director and acting legal director. More »

AG Guidance Advises Weighing Impact of a Marijuana Prosecution

Municipal prosecutors – like county prosecutors – have immense power to change the course of a person’s life by using their discretion. In guidance issued as a result of a working group Attorney General Gurbir Grewal convened to discuss prosecutorial discretion with regard to marijuana prosecutions, the Attorney General urged municipal prosecutors to use that discretion to balance the scales of justice. More »

Religious Leaders Sue to Void Hudson County’s Non-Transparent ICE Vote

A group of Hudson County religious leaders, represented by the ACLU-NJ, filed suit against the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, calling on the court to void a non-transparent and deceptive vote on a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigrant detainees. More »

ACLU-NJ Sues 12 School Districts That Unconstitutionally Discriminate Against Immigrants

The ACLU of New Jersey filed suit against 12 school districts throughout New Jersey, spanning from Camden County in the south to Sussex County at the state’s northern edge. The school districts, scattered throughout 10 counties, all require forms of state-issued identification that require Social Security numbers or valid immigration status as a condition for students to enroll in school, a requirement that New Jersey law clearly forbids. More »

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