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).
- 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
- January 16, 2018 Pay Equity Policy Starts Murphy Administration Off on a Note of Justice
- January 16, 2018 ACLU-NJ: We Congratulate New Governor and Hope to Advance Civil Rights and Liberties
- January 1, 2018 Hoboken Mayor’s Signing ‘Fair & Welcoming' Policy As First Act Shows NJ Civil Rights Leadership
- December 5, 2017 Muslim Ban 3.0 should not proceed even temporarily, ACLU-NJ says
- October 19, 2017 ACLU-NJ Scorecard Shows Mixed Civil Liberties Records
- October 5, 2017 ACLU-NJ Cheers State Senate’s Yes Vote on Racial Impact Statements for Criminal Justice Proposals
- August 15, 2017 ACLU-NJ Petitions for Immediate Release of Afghan Refugee Who Worked for U.S.
- Smith v. Millville
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.
- Yorker, et al. v. Township of Manalapan, et al.
- Dasrath v. Continental Airlines
- L.W. v. Toms River Regional Schools Board of Education
- Warren Joseph v. Alberto Gonzalez
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