Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
— First Amendment
Religious freedom is the right to practice the religion of one's choice or no religion at all. The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights protects religious freedom by keeping religion free from government interference and coercion.
- June 13, 2019 Retired Legal Director Ed Barocas' Remarks on Receiving the Roger N. Baldwin Award
- April 22, 2019 Court Strikes Down Discriminatory Rule in New Jersey Condominium Association
- October 16, 2018 Ed Barocas, an NJ Legal Giant, Retires as ACLU-NJ Legal Director
- May 9, 2018 Afghan Refugee is Freed After Unjust Yearlong Detention
- May 2, 2018 Yeshiva & Seminary Ruling Means Advocates Can Show How Taxpayer $ Goes To Religious Training
- January 24, 2017 ACLU-NJ to Muslim Orgs: We’re Ready to Defend Your Rights
- May 26, 2016 Landmark Ruling Halts Unconstitutional Taxpayer Funding of NJ Yeshiva and Seminary
- May 13, 2016 Denial of Mosque Permit Violated Law, Argues ACLU-NJ
- April 11, 2016 Court Hears Challenge to Millions Promised By NJ Government to Divinity Schools
- January 5, 2016 School Stops Having Children Say “God Bless America” After Pledge
- State v. Collado
Case asking the court to apply the exclusionary rule to violations of the “knock-and-announce” requirement in search warrants.
- State v. Myers, State v. Nyema
Police stopped a car based on a vague race-based description of people who committed a robbery. Our amicus brief on behalf of clergy detailed the harm caused by such stops and urged to Court to create a rule that would prohibit them.
- State v. Bailey
Amicus brief addressing whether the retroactive application of the newly enacted crime-fraud exception to the marital communications privilege violates the ex post facto clauses of the federal and state constitutions.
- In re: Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive Nos. 2020-05 and 2020-06
Police union challenge to AG directives ordering the public disclosure of the identities of officers sanctioned for serious disciplinary violations.
- State v. Andujar
In this novel case, the ACLU-NJ argued that the State’s unlawful and racial use of its law enforcement power against a qualified Black potential juror, F.G., by running a criminal background check on him and later having him arrested from the courthouse on a municipal warrant as a replacement for having to show cause for dismissal or using preemptory challenges resulted in an unfair trial. The State’s abuse of its law enforcement power deprived a criminal defendant of equal protection and his right to trial by an impartial jury, and a New Jerseyan of his right to serve as a juror.
- Juan R. v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
Challenge to mass transfers of individuals in ICE custody with existing attorney-client relationships to distant detention facilities
- Harris v. Newark
The ACLU-NJ joined this case as amicus on the sole issue of whether a denial of qualified immunity to defendant law enforcement as part of a summary judgment motion is appealable on an interlocutory basis in New Jersey state court.
- Bland & Bland v. Del Mauro, Et Al.
An appeal seeking to review and reverse an award of qualified immunity to defendant police officers on a summary judgment motion, in an action brought by the plaintiff under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act, where the facts of the police shooting are in dispute.
- Sonia Doe v. NJ Department of Corrections
Challenge under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and New Jersey Constitution to the Department of Corrections' mistreatment of a woman because she is transgender, including housing her for over a year and a half in men’s prisons.
- Asbury Park Press v. Township of Neptune
Amicus brief in support of public access to police internal affairs records.
- Bail System Reform
Moves New Jersey’s bail system to a risk-based one and away from a wealth-based system.
- Marijuana Decriminalization
Removes possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana from the list of disorderly persons offenses and creates a $50 civil penalty for such possession.
- “Ban the Box”
Prohibits employers from conducting a criminal history inquiry of a job applicant until after a conditional offer
- DNA Collection for Low-Level Offenses
Requires law enforcement to collect DNA samples from adults and juveniles convicted of certain non-criminal disorderly person offenses.
- Sex Offender Banishment Ordinances
Permits municipalities to enact ordinances preventing individuals convicted of certain sex offenses from living within 500 feet of a school, child-care center, or playground.
- Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Disclosure
Extends election expenditure reporting requirements to certain non-profit advocacy organizations.
- Tuition Equality
Makes undocumented students who studied for three or more years at and graduated from NJ high schools, or obtained GED, eligible for in-state tuition and financial aid at NJ state colleges and universities.
- Transgender Birth Certificate Discrimination
Creates standards for amending the sex of a person on a birth certificate and eliminates the sex reassignment surgery requirement.
- Drone Regulation
Creates strong privacy protections for New Jerseyans regarding law enforcement agencies’ use of drones for surveillance purposes.
- Exposure of Birth Parent Identities to Adoptees
Grants adoptees and certain other persons access to original birth documents.
- Feb 9, 2007 ACLU Religious Freedom Expert to Visit Princeton