The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously recognized a right to free legal representation for low-income parents challenging private adoptions of their children. This Supreme Court decision found for the first time in New Jersey that low-income parents have a right to counsel in proceedings to end parental rights, even when the adoption is initiated by a private party. More »
Jersey City, NJ – Advocates throughout the state and Hudson County residents condemned Hudson County's decision on Friday to renew the 287(g) program at its jail. The decision came after two meetings with immigrants’ rights advocates and a series of private meetings with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency that administers 287(g) agreements. More »
"It is impossible to watch the videos of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile without experiencing anger. Though details surrounding both killings are still unfolding, they reinforce the perception that we have a criminal justice system that is designed to protect the constitutional rights of only some, suppress the rights of others, and allow police violence against communities of color to go relatively unchecked and unbridled, all while devaluing Black life." More »
Concerned about public safety and civil rights, 42 organizations jointly sent a letter (PDF) to Salem County urging the county Sheriff's Office not to join a voluntary federal program that deputizes local law enforcement officers to perform the functions of federal Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents. More »
The ACLU of New Jersey has announced that its Board of Trustees has elected four new members. “The Board of the ACLU of New Jersey is privileged to welcome these four accomplished and passionate advocates for civil liberties and civil rights,” said ACLU-NJ Board President Debra Guston. More »
The ACLU-NJ of New Jersey today applauded the news that NJ Transit has ended its practice of conducting audio surveillance on its light rail lines. "Faced with an outcry from riders and civil liberties advocates, NJ Transit has finally made the right decision to abandon its troubling audio surveillance program." More »
Atlantic City courtesy Shinya Suzuki.