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.
Criminal Legal Reform
The rights guaranteed to criminal suspects, defendants, and prisoners are fundamental rights that protect all Americans from governmental abuses of power.
Abortion is still legal in D.C., and it’s up to us to keep it that way. ACLU-DC and our partners are working to protect and expand abortion access in the District.
The First Amendment protects our freedom to speak, assemble, and associate with others. These rights are essential to our democratic system of governance.
We work to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights and equal dignity.
We work to ensure that police officers interact with the public on a race-neutral basis and with respect for individuals’ constitutional rights.
Granting D.C. Statehood is constitutional and is the only way to enfranchise more than 700,000 Americans who have been denied their full voting rights for over 200 years.
The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection apply to every person, regardless of immigration status.
We strive for a District free of discrimination against people with disabilities, where people with disabilities are valued, integrated members of society.
In this age of ever-expanding surveillance, our right to privacy is under assault. We work to protect our personal privacy in the District in a range of settings.
“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