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ACLU Chapters (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 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]
2 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
Summary not yet on record [view]
3 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
Coding Complete
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]
4 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
Coding Complete
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]
5 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
Summary not yet on record [view]
6 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]
7 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]
8 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
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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]
9 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]
10 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
Summary not yet on record [view]
11 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]
12 Black Lives Matter 5280 v. City and County of Denver
1:20-cv-01878 (D. Colo.)
Filed 06/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Denver
Denver
Policing
PN-CO-0004
Denver
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on June 25, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The suit was made in response to police tactics used on protesters amidst the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd in May and June of 2020. Represented by private counsel and ACLU attorneys, plaintiffs in this case were Black Lives ... [view]
13 Indy 10 Black Lives Matter v. Indianapolis
1:20-cv-01660-JMS-DLP (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 06/18/2020 - Case Ongoing
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]
14 Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County v. City of Seattle
2:20-cv-00887 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 06/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Seattle
Policing
PN-WA-0005
Seattle
Coding Complete
On June 9, 2020, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County brought this lawsuit against the City of Seattle in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The complaint arose out of the protests that swept the nation following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Plaintiffs alleged that the Seattle police violated the First ... [view]
15 J.B.B.C. v. Wolf
1:20-cv-01509 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/09/2020 - Closed
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0077
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This lawsuit was filed on behalf on an unaccompanied minor subject to deportation, alleging that the Trump administrations' system of authorizing the summary removal of persons to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 bypassed procedural protections otherwise granted to minor children. On June 24, the court granted a TRO. On June 2 ... [view]
16 Black Lives Matter D.C. v. Trump
1:20-cv-01469 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/04/2020 - Case Ongoing
President Donald Trump
President of the United States
Policing
PN-DC-0014
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on June 4, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of D.C., in response to President Trump's use of military police to disperse peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square Park on June 1st, 2020. Protesters had gathered as part of the nationwide outcry following the police killing of George Floyd. Around 6:30 in the ... [view]
17 Goyette v. Minneapolis
0:20-cv-01302-WMW-DTS (D. Minn.)
Filed 06/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Minneapolis
Minneapolis
Policing
PN-MN-0005
Hennepin County
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed June 2, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The case arose out of the spring and summer protests in 2020 in response to the police killing of George Floyd. The case alleges that Minneapolis police targeted journalists covering the protests in violation of the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth ... [view]
18 Collins v. Adams
3:20-cv-00375 (W.D. Ky.)
Filed 05/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Kentucky Governor Andrew Beshear
Kentucky
Election/Voting Rights
VR-KY-0009
Coding Complete
This suit was filed on May 27, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The suit was brought by several individual plaintiffs as well as the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, the Louisville Urban League, and the Kentucky Conference of NAACP Branches. They were represented by lawyers from ACLU National, ACLU of ... [view]
19 Hallinan v. Scarantino
5:20-hc-02088 (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 05/26/2020 - Closed 2020
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
PC-NC-0020
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action filed on behalf of all individuals incarcerated at FCI Butner, seeking release as well as mitigation measures due to COVID-19. The court denied the plaintiff's motion for temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, and writ of habeas corpus on June 11, 2020. Following a stipulation of dismissal, ... [view]
20 League of Women Voters v. Benson
353654 (State Court)
Filed 05/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
Michigan Secretary of State
Election/Voting Rights
VR-MI-0076
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: On May 22, the League of Women Voters of Michigan sued the Michigan Secretary of State, challenging the statutory requirement that absentee ballots must be received by 8 PM on election day. An oral argument was scheduled for June 18.
On May 22, the League of Women Voters of Michigan filed a lawsuit against the Michigan ... [view]
21 Busby v. Bonner
2:20-cv-02359 (W.D. Tenn.)
Filed 05/20/2020 - Case Ongoing
Shelby County Sheriff
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-TN-0012
Shelby County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action filed by individuals in the Shelby County Jail who alleged that their underlying medical conditions made them especially vulnerable to COVID-19. They alleged violations of the Fourteenth Amendment, ADA, and Rehabilitation Act and requested release. The court denied both preliminary relief and motions to ... [view]
22 Torres v. Milusnic
2:20-cv-04450 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
Warden of Lompoc
Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex
Prison Conditions
PC-CA-0079
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a putative class action by five individuals held at Lompoc, a low-security prison facing one of the largest outbreaks of COVID-19 among U.S. federal prisons. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants failed to undertake reasonable preventative measures, which allowed the virus to spread to 60% of those in custody. The ... [view]
23 Wilson v. Ponce
2:20-cv-04451 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
Warden of Terminal Island
Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island
Prison Conditions
PC-CA-0080
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action by individuals held at Terminal Island, a Care Level 3 medical facility designed for those with long-term medical needs. The plaintiffs alleged violations of their Eighth Amendment rights and sought declaratory and injunctive relief, and a writ of habeas corpus requiring immediate downsizing of the ... [view]
24 Denbow v. Maine Department of Corrections
1:20-cv-00175 (D. Me.)
Filed 05/15/2020 - Closed 2020
Maine Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-ME-0006
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
25 Know Your IX v. Devos
1:20-cv-01224-RDB (D. Md.)
Filed 05/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
Department of Education
Department of Education
Education
ED-MD-0004
Washington D.C.
Coding Complete
On May 14, 2020, a group of public interest organizations focused on helping student-victims of sexual assault and harassment, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, against Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, in her official capacity, and the Department of Education (ED). The plaintiffs, represented ... [view]
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