ACLU of the District of Columbia
2021-2022 ANNUAL REPORT
For more than 60 years, we’ve fought to make the District a place where the promises of the Constitution are a lived reality for all. We do this work in partnership with our clients, community members, partner organizations, volunteers – and you.
The ACLU of the District of Columbia, with more than 14,000 local members, fights to protect and expand civil liberties and civil rights for people who live in, work in, and visit the District of Columbia. We are a local affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a nationwide nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization devoted to ensuring free speech, equal rights, and other civil liberties.
HOW WE WORK
Lawsuits are one of the key tools available for protecting individual rights. We litigate cases, both directly and as amicus curiae (friend of the court), that will broaden and strengthen civil liberties and civil rights.
We strive to achieve long-term, systemic changes for the communities of D.C., alongside and in coalition with grassroots and nonprofit partners. We testify and lobby the D.C. Council and mobilize community members to advocate on issues impacting their civil rights.
We offer public education through speaking engagements, providing Know Your Rights/street law trainings, and providing teach-ins on our different issue areas and campaigns.
“We all have different roles to play, and it’s okay to be a beginner. Step one is to connect with the people who have already been doing the work locally. Then, consider what you can offer to a movement, with joy and commitment.”
Veronica Mosqueda, Campaign Organizer
Arthur B. Spitzer
Community Engagement Associate
Director of Philanthropy
Strategic Communications Director
Deputy Director of Operations
Senior Communications Strategist
Digital Communications Strategist