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
- Asbury Park Press v. Township of Neptune
Amicus brief in support of public access to police internal affairs records.
- Delanoy v. Township of Ocean
Amicus brief in support of pregnant police officer forced to leave the workplace early in violation of the New Jersey Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
- State v. Hokum Brown
Amicus brief arguing that defendants, who were sentenced for underlying sex offenses when failure to register under Megan’s Law was a fourth-degree offense, cannot subsequently be charged with third-degree failure to register under the 2007 amendment to Megan’s Law.
- State v. Zakariyya Ahmad
Amicus brief that addresses whether a defendant was in custody for the purposes of Miranda v. Arizona?
- State v. Romero
Amicus brief addressing whether the practical availability of parole should be considered when evaluating whether a sentence is the functional equivalent of life without parole.
- State v. Paden-Battle
Amicus brief addressing whether a sentencing judge may consider a defendant’s conduct where the jury acquitted defendant of the underlying crime?
- State v. Malique
Defense of a person improperly arrested for filming police effectuating another arrest.
- State v. Maisonet
Amicus brief challenging the court’s decision to deny defendant’s request for an adjournment to hire counsel of choice, where the court did not consider the necessary factors in making the decision.
- State v. Lodzinski
Amicus brief addressing whether courts, in considering the sufficiency of the evidence, must look at evidence put forth by the defendant.
- State v. Edgar Torres
Amicus brief that asks how courts must consider sentences of people who are already sentenced to long prison terms.
- 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