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Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I request legal help?
A.How do I request legal help?
The ACLU of New Jersey reviews each of the thousands of requests we receive for legal assistance each year, but limited staff and resources mean we cannot respond to most of them. Even if our office doesn’t pursue your complaint, it doesn't mean your complaint is without merit.
The fastest way to receive a response is to fill out our online form. You can also mail your request to:
Intake Mail Manager
P.O. Box 32159
Newark, NJ 07102
For more information about the types of cases we choose, how to submit a request for assistance, and what information to include in your request, please visit our Request Assistance page.
2. What’s the difference between the ACLU-NJ and the ACLU-NJ Foundation?
A.What’s the difference between the ACLU-NJ and the ACLU-NJ Foundation?
The ACLU-NJ's work to protect the enduring values of freedom and equality is based on a three-pronged approach: litigation, public education, and lobbying.
To support all three advocacy tools and to comply with federal tax law, it is necessary to have two organizational entities: the ACLU-NJ and the ACLU-NJ Foundation. Fully funding both is vital to protecting civil liberties in New Jersey and across the country.
The ACLU-NJ is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation. Membership gifts to it are not tax-deductible and fund our legislative advocacy and lobbying – important work that cannot be supported by tax-deductible funds. You can become a card-carrying member of the ACLU-NJ by donating here.
The ACLU-NJ Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Foundation gifts fund our litigation and public education efforts. Gifts to the ACLU-NJ Foundation are fully tax-deductible to the donor – you can make a tax-deductible donation here.
Many donors choose to make their larger tax-deductible gifts to the ACLU-NJ Foundation, but also continue to make smaller gifts to the ACLU-NJ in order to maintain their membership status with the ACLU-NJ and to support our important lobbying efforts.
3. How do I make a donation? How do I become a member?
A.How do I make a donation? How do I become a member?
Gifts to the ACLU-NJ Foundation, which supports our litigation and public education efforts, are fully tax-deductible to the donor – you can make a tax-deductible donation here.
Membership dues to the ACLU-NJ, which go toward supporting our lobbying efforts in Washington, DC, and Trenton, are not tax-deductible – you can become a member by donating here.
4. Are there other ways to give to the ACLU-NJ?
A.Are there other ways to give to the ACLU-NJ?
Yes! You can support the ACLU-NJ's work in a variety of ways including:
- Matching Gifts
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For more information on how to support the ACLU-NJ, please visit Other Ways To Give.
5. What’s your tax ID number?
A.What’s your tax ID number?
The ACLU-NJ Foundation Tax Identification Number (EIN) is 22-2010593.
6. I’m a journalist working on a story. How do I speak with an ACLU-NJ expert?
A.I’m a journalist working on a story. How do I speak with an ACLU-NJ expert?
For media inquiries, send us an email or leave a voicemail on the ACLU-NJ press line at 973-854-1707. Please include your name, your outlet, your contact information, details about your story, and deadline.
7. How do I request an ACLU-NJ speaker for my event?
A.How do I request an ACLU-NJ speaker for my event?
For speaker requests, please send us an email and include the date, time, location, audience size, and topic you're hoping to cover. Please allow 7 business days to receive a response.
8. How do I request a hard copy of an ACLU-NJ publication?
A.How do I request a hard copy of an ACLU-NJ publication?
The majority of ACLU-NJ's publications can be found digitally here. To request a hard copy of a ACLU-NJ publication, please send us an email.
9. How do I update my contact information or communication preferences?
A.How do I update my contact information or communication preferences?
Complete our Communication Preferences form to change your preferences regarding information you’ve shared for paper mail, phone, and data-sharing. Please see Your Choices for an overview about what options you have in sharing your information with the ACLU.
10. How do I sign up to receive your emails?
A.How do I sign up to receive your emails?
Sign up here to join our email list, where you can stay informed about current issues and campaigns, upcoming events, and learn how you can get more involved in the fight to protect and expand civil liberties.
11. What’s the difference between the ACLU and the ACLU of New Jersey?
A.What’s the difference between the ACLU and the ACLU of New Jersey?
The ACLU is a nationwide organization with staffed affiliate offices for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The ACLU files cases in both state and federal courts and conducts on-the-ground advocacy. As an ACLU affiliate, the ACLU of New Jersey works to defend against civil liberties and civil rights violations that happen in the state of New Jersey. Our office is located in Newark, NJ.
12. Are you affiliated with a political party?
A.Are you affiliated with a political party?
We have never been affiliated with any party, and that lack of affiliation has always been a cornerstone of our mission. The ACLU and the ACLU of New Jersey are nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations dedicated to defending and extending civil liberties for all people in this country. We do not receive any government funding. Member dues as well as contributions and grants from private foundations and individuals pay for the work we do.
13. Do you offer internships?
A.Do you offer internships?
Yes! The ACLU-NJ offers internship opportunities throughout the year for college students, law students, and graduate students. You can view current opportunities here.