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ACLU Affiliates (any)
The ACLU defines its mission as defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

Much of its work is done by "chapters" or "affiliates." The ACLU has at least one affiliate in every state and Puerto Rico. Affiliates handle requests for legal assistance, lobby the state legislatures and host public forums throughout the year.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 United States v. Texas; Annunciation House v. Abbott
3:21-cv-00173 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 08/30/2021 - Case Ongoing
State of Texas
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0061
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case about Texas Governor Greg Abbot's executive order that prevented anyone other than law-enforcement officials from transporting multiple categories of non-citizen migrants regardless of unaccompanied minor, asylum, or refugee status. On July 30, 2021, the United States filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court ... [view]
2 Brandt v. Rutledge
4:21-cv-00450 (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 05/25/2021 - Case Ongoing
Attorney General of the State of Arkansas
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-AR-0001
Coding Complete
On April 6, 2021, the Arkansas legislature passed H.B. 1570 over the governor’s veto. This bill, also titled the "Save Adolescents from Experimentation” (SAFE) Act, banned healthcare professionals from providing gender transition procedures to anyone under 18 or from referring anyone under 18 to any healthcare professional for such procedures ... [view]
3 ACLU v. Montgomery County
2:21-cv-02316 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 05/20/2021 - Case Ongoing
Montgomery County
Jail Conditions
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-PA-0018
Montgomery County
Coding Complete
This is a case about Montgomery County Correctional Facilities (MCCF) restricting access to clients, prospective clients, and witnesses, by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA). On May 20, 2021, ACLU-PA filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania. The ACLU-PA sued MCCF and Montgomery County. In ... [view]
4 Doe v. Washington State Department of Corrections
4:21-cv-05059-TOR (E.D. Wash.)
Filed 04/07/2021 - Case Ongoing
Washington State Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-WA-0034
Coding Complete
Disability Rights Washington -- Washington's protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities statewide -- and the ACLU of Washington, in collaboration with private counsel, filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington on April 7, 2021. They sought to prevent the Washington State Department of ... [view]
5 Disability Rights Connecticut v. Connecticut Department of Correction
3:21-cv-00146 (D. Conn.)
Filed 02/04/2021 - Case Ongoing
Connecticut Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-CT-0023
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This lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut challenged prolonged isolation and in-cell shackling imposed on people with mental illness in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction. Disability Rights Connecticut, a private, nonprofit corporation that is the authorized protection and advocacy system for the ... [view]
6 Texas v. United States
6:21-cv-00003 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 01/22/2021 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0057
Coding Complete
Shortly after President Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, 2021, Acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske issued a memorandum ordering U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") to halt most deportations from the United States for 100 days ("100 day pause"). The 100 day pause was intended to allow time for ICE to overhaul its ... [view]
7 Huisha-Huisha v. Mayorkas
1:21-cv-00100 (D.D.C.)
Filed 01/12/2021 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0096
Coding Complete
This is a case about immigration policy that restricted refugee and asylee entry into the United States on account of health concerns around the coronavirus pandemic. On January 12, 2021, families of asylum- and refugee-seekers, who were detained by the Department of Homeland Security, sued the U.S. federal government for humanitarian protection ... [view]
8 Weikert v. Elder
1:20-cv-03646 (D. Colo.)
Filed 12/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
Sheriff of El Paso County, Colorado
El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
JC-CO-0012
El Paso County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This putative class action was filed on December 20, 2020 by a group of medically vulnerable detainees at the El Paso County Jail in Colorado, seeking reasonable COVID-19 safety measures. The Court granted a stipulated preliminary injunction on January 4, 2021.
This case is about the detainment conditions of individuals ... [view]
9 Malcolm v. Starr
0:20-cv-02503 (D. Minn.)
Filed 12/09/2020 - Closed 2021
Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca
Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca
Prison Conditions
PC-MN-0005
Waseca County
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COVID-19 Summary: This habeas action and putative class action lawsuit was filed on December 9, 2020 by a group of medically vulnerable incarcerated individuals in FCI-Waseca, seeking release or home confinement and changes to the COVID-19 procedures in the prison. The court denied the petitioners' temporary restraining order and dismissed the ... [view]
10 Drumwright v. Cole
1:20-cv-00998 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 11/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
Alamance County Sheriff's Office
Policing
Election/Voting Rights
PN-NC-0004
Alamance County
Coding Complete
Two consolidated federal district court cases in North Carolina alleged voter intimidation before the November 2020 elections. One was Drumright v. Cole, 1:20-cv-00998; the other was Allen v. City of Graham, 1:20-cv-00997. Both were filed on the same day by participants in the same event. On October 31, 2020, police dispersed an event held in ... [view]
11 Baker v. Minnesota Department of Corrections
62-cv-20-5143 (State Court)
Filed 10/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
Minnesota Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-MN-0006
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action petition for a writ of mandamus alleging that the Minnesota Department of Corrections failed in its legal duty to protect individuals under its custody or control from COVID-19.
On October 22, 2020, thirteen individuals in the custody and control of the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MNDOC) ... [view]
12 Arctic Village Council v. Meyer
3AN-20-07858Cl (State Court)
Filed 09/08/2020 - Closed
State of Alaska
Election/Voting Rights
VR-AK-0013
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This case, initially being tracked by the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project, was filed by Arctic Village Council, the League of Women Voters, and individual Alaska voters with underlying health conditions. The plaintiffs sought an order enjoining the State of ... [view]
13 Pettibone v. Trump
3:20-cv-01464 (D. Or.)
Filed 08/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Marshals Service
Policing
PN-OR-0009
Coding Complete
This case is about the federal law enforcement mission “Operation Diligent Valor” directed by the Department of Homeland Security against protestors during the widespread racial justice protests in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2020. Individual Oregon residents along with Black Millennial Movement and Rose City Justice, Inc. brought this ... [view]
14 P.J.E.S v. Wolf
1:20-cv-02245 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0087
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This putative class action case challenges the government’s use of an emergency public health order issued under 42 U.S.C. § 265 to restrict immigration of unaccompanied minors. Pursuant to the emergency public order, the government has expelled unaccompanied children without following usual immigration laws, saying the ... [view]
15 Scott v. Louisville Metro Government
3:20-cv-00535 (W.D. Ky.)
Filed 07/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-KY-0001
Jefferson County
Coding Complete
On July 30, 2020, six individual plaintiffs and the Kentucky Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression (KAARPR) filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. They were represented by attorneys from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the ACLU of Kentucky Foundation, and ... [view]
16 American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon v. City of Portland
docket unknown (State Court)
Filed 07/29/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Portland
Policing
PN-OR-0008
Portland
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This complaint was brought in the County of Multnomah Circuit Court for the State of Oregon on July 29, 2020. The suit was brought by the ACLU of Oregon and an anonymous individual plaintiff ("Protester 1") against the City of Portland. The plaintiffs were represented by attorneys from the ACLU of Oregon and private counsel. The complaint came ... [view]
17 Texas Civil Rights Project v. Wolf
1:20-cv-02035 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/24/2020 - Closed 2020
Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf
DHS
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0083
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This lawsuit was filed on July 24, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The suit was brought by the Texas Civil Rights Project as next friend for one hundred unaccompanied migrant children who had been arrested by Customs and Border Protection. The plaintiffs were represented by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties ... [view]
18 Wise v. Portland
3:20-cv-01193 (D. Or.)
Filed 07/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Portland
Policing
PN-OR-0007
Portland
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on July 22, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon by four individual plaintiffs represented by the ACLU Foundation of Oregon and private counsel. The complaint arose out of the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. After Mr. Floyd's killing protests broke out across ... [view]
19 New York Immigration Coalition v. Trump
1:20-cv-05781 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Bureau of the Census
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0079
Coding Complete
This is a case about whether the federal government must include undocumented immigrants in the 2020 Census count. On July 21, 2020, President Trump issued a memo ordering the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the state-population totals used to calculate the states apportionments. In response, on July 24, 2020, several immigration ... [view]
20 New York v. Trump
1:20-cv-05770 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Bureau of the Census
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0080
Coding Complete
This is a case about whether the federal government must include undocumented immigrants in the 2020 Census count. On July 21, 2020, President Trump issued a memo ordering the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the state-population totals used to calculate the state's apportionments. In response, on July 24, 2020, twenty states, ten cities, ... [view]
21 NAACP v. Peterman
1:20-cv-613 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 07/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
Mayor of Graham
Graham
Policing
PN-NC-0003
Graham
Coding Complete
The complaint for this case was filed on July 2, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The complaint challenged an ordinance in Graham, North Carolina that forced would-be organizers of protests to obtain a permit from the city at least twenty four hours in advance. The ordinance gave the police chief total ... [view]
22 Jones v. Hill
1:20-cv-02791-ELR (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 07/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Sheriff of Clayton County, Georgia
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-GA-0025
Clayton County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Four incarcerated individuals filed this class-action lawsuit against the Clayton County Jail based on conditions-of-confinement claims, as well as a habeas claim, a Rehabilitation Act claim, and an ADA claim. The suit remains ongoing.
Four individuals incarcerated in the Clayton County Jail filed this complaint against the ... [view]
23 Index Newspapers LLC v. City of Portland
3:20-cv-1035 (D. Or.)
Filed 06/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Portland
Policing
PN-OR-0003
Portland
Coding Complete
This class action lawsuit was filed on June 28, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The case was brought by members of the media and legal observers against the City of Portland and sixty unnamed Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers amidst the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd. Plaintiffs were ... [view]
24 Crane v. Fort Wayne
1:20-cv-00240 (N.D. Ind.)
Filed 06/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IN-0004
Fort Wayne
Coding Complete
On June 26, 2020, three individuals filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The suit arose out of the protests that swept the nation following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. The suit alleged that Fort Wayne Police Officers used chemical weapons, flash bang grenades, and rubber bullets ... [view]
25 Indy 10 Black Lives Matter v. Indianapolis
1:20-cv-01660-JMS-DLP (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 06/18/2020 - Closed 2020
City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IN-0003
Indianapolis
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on June 18, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The suit was filed in response to police tactics used to quell protests in Indianapolis that ensued following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. Plaintiffs were Indy 10 Black Lives Matter (a Black Lives Matter chapter out of ... [view]
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