NEWARK – Following years of advocacy from the ACLU of New Jersey and community partners, Gov. Murphy today signed multiple pieces of legislation that prioritize racial and social justice. The ACLU-NJ issued the following statements in response:   

ACLU-NJ Campaign Strategist Alejandra Sorto issued the following statement on the signing of immigrants’ rights bills to increase language access (S2459/A3837), disaggregate demographic data (S2415/A3092), and extend new protections to domestic workers (S723/A822): 

“By passing and signing legislation that will increase language access services, Gov. Murphy and the Legislature have taken steps to ensure that New Jersey’s immigrant communities have equitable access to information, resources, and opportunities. This, in addition to the signing of legislation to disaggregate personal data and implement new protections for domestic workers, is a win for communities across the state and sends a clear message that immigrants are integral to New Jersey. We’re proud to have partnered with community groups in advocating for these important bills, and we thank Gov. Murphy, Senate Majority Leader Ruiz, Assemblywoman Jaffer, and legislative leaders for their support and commitment. We look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers to build a more welcoming and accessible state for all New Jerseyans.” 

ACLU-NJ Policy Director Sarah Fajardo issued the following statement on the signing of the Seabrooks-Washington Community-Led Crisis Response Act (S4250/A5326): 

“Communities across New Jersey have successfully launched and piloted crisis response programs that limit unnecessary – and potentially harmful and racially biased interactions – between police and civilians. The legislation signed into law today will expand support for new and existing non-carceral community-led response teams that will save lives, reduce the risk of police violence, and invest in resources and services that best support community members, rather than tear lives apart. We applaud Gov. Murphy, the sponsors of this bill, and the advocates and community members who lifted their voices to create a vision for a more just New Jersey.”