For over 60 years, the ACLU of New Jersey has defended liberty and justice guided by the vision of a fair and equitable New Jersey for all. Our mission is to preserve, advance, and extend the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every New Jerseyan by the state and federal constitutions in courts, in the legislature, and in our communities.
In every facet of our work, we strive to be anti-racist and are actively committed to advancing racial justice in the institutions of New Jersey, for the people of New Jersey. We aim to center the voices and lived experiences of those who historically have not been fully protected by government systems or laws.
Founded in 1960 and based in Newark, we are a non-partisan organization that operates on several fronts — political, legal, cultural — to bring about systemic change and build a more equitable society.
The ACLU of New Jersey adopted a strategic framework which informs every aspect of our work. As part of this framework, we identified our key principles to guide our strategy through 2026. These three principles serve as points of orientation for our growth, how we choose and prioritize our work, and the way we hold ourselves in relationship with each other and the people and communities of New Jersey: racial justice, partnered leadership, and organizational development.