We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
— The Declaration of Independence
The ACLU fights discriminatory practices in many arenas - challenging racial profiling practices on New Jersey's roadways, advocating for Muslim police officers' rights to wear beards on the job in Newark, defending the rights of pregnant teenagers to make medical care decisions without notifying their parents, fighting for the preservation of affirmative action policies in public education, advocating for the rights of exploited immigrant workers, supporting laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities, and much more.
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While the law provides equal opportunity in theory, it is too often denied in fact. From its earliest days, the ACLU has fought for gender equality and an end to sex discrimination. The ACLU-NJ has engaged in a coordinated national litigation strategy to end sex discrimination on sports teams, in the workplace and at universities. For a quick overview of our work, click on the image to the left to download the ACLU-NJ Fact Sheet on Women's Issues (300k PDF).
- January 11, 2019 City's anti-panhandling ordinance unlawfully targets NJ's vulnerable
- December 31, 2018 Court Strikes Down Graduation Testing Rules for NJ High Schoolers
- October 16, 2018 Ed Barocas, an NJ Legal Giant, Retires as ACLU-NJ Legal Director
- July 26, 2018 ACLU-NJ Sues 12 School Districts That Unconstitutionally Discriminate Against Immigrants
- June 4, 2018 Advocates Call for Automatic Marijuana Expungement in NJ
- March 27, 2018 ACLU-NJ: Census Question on Citizenship Undermines Democracy
- March 12, 2018 NJ Budget: Family Planning, Marijuana Legalization & Lawyers for Immigration Are Key
- February 14, 2018 Videos Explain Civil Rights and Public Health Reasons for Legalizing Marijuana
- January 24, 2018 DACA Recipient Sworn in As Lawyer by NJ Attorney General
- January 18, 2018 ACLU-NJ Report: NJ Dramatically Underuses Programs to Divert Children from Justice System
- P.D. v. Middlesex County
The ACLU-NJ represents P.D., a pretrial detainee with mental illness who, after being unable to make bail, was held in solitary confinement for more than four months.
- Latino Coalition, Fair Schools Red Bank v. Red Bank Charter School
Challenge to the re-chartering of Red Bank Charter School due to segregative impact.
- State v. Dickerson
Amicus brief challenge to the proper scope of pretrial detention discovery.
- Holland et al. v. Rosen et al.
Amicus brief, joined by the National ACLU and other civil rights group, in challenge to a federal lawsuit challenging bail reform.
- Smith v. Millville Rescue Squad
The ACLU-NJ filed an amicus brief in support of an employee who was fired after filing for divorce from his wife who worked for the same employer.
- Hassan v. The City of New York
Challenge to surveillance by the New York Police Department of Muslims in New Jersey.
- State v. Pomianek
A victim’s perception of what the defendant intended by their words is not enough to convict someone of bias intimidation.
- Tumpson v. Farina
Plaintiffs who prevailed in a legal action under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act were denied attorney’s fees
- Petition for Rule Making Regarding Student Eligibility for Financial Aid
Petition to financial aid agency to amend regulations to specify that student citizens can prove residency in New Jersey through the high school they attended or where they are registered to vote.
- DYFS v. RG and JG
DYFS seeks to terminate parental rights of formerly incarcerated parent.
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