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December 29, 2015

The app, available in both the Google Android and Apple iOS stores, allows users to record law enforcement, to alert other Mobile Justice DC app users to nearby law enforcement encounters, and to submit videos and incident reports automatically to the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital (ACLU-DC).

DC Joins Nationwide Community Control Over Police Surveillance Effort

September 21, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union and local officials in DC announced today that they are launching efforts to bring greater transparency to the acquisition and use of local police surveillance technologies.


September 21, 2016

The ACLU of the Nation’s Capital seeks law clerks to work full-time during Summer 2017.


September 21, 2016

The ACLU of the Nation’s Capital seeks law clerks to work part-time during the Spring 2017 school semester.

#TerrenceSterling: No Transparency, No Accountability

September 14, 2016

The shooting of Terrence Sterling is a tragedy that, by all accounts, may have been avoided.

The ACLU of the Nation’s Capital is deeply concerned not only by the aggressive strategies and tactics used by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), but also the conflicting reports and absence of body camera footage.

UPDATED: DCPS reverses policy on girls' admission to Ron Brown school

September 12, 2016

Changes outlined by Office of the Attorney General respond to ACLU report questioning constitutionality of boys-only programs. UPDATE: DCPS backtracks from earlier statement.

D.C. Preschools Sue to Block Unconstitutional Drug Testing

September 06, 2016

ACLU-DC files suit on behalf of Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington against unconstitutional searches of preschool teachers.

Town Halls: Girls of Color in D.C. Public Schools

July 28, 2016

DC Public School data shows that boys and girls of color both suffer from an opportunity gap not experienced by their white counterparts. However, though DCPS created a $20 million initiative for boys, they won't let in girls.

POSITIONS ANNOUCEMENT: Policy Director and Strategic Communications Manager

May 18, 2016

POSITIONS ANNOUCEMENT: Policy Director and Strategic Communications Manager

American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation's Capital (ACLU-DC) announces two open positions: Policy Director and Strategic Communications Manager.

ACLU Victory in Deaf Rights Case

May 12, 2016

On May 11, a federal court jury in DC awarded our profoundly deaf client, William Pierce, $70,000 for the harm he suffered when he spent 51 days in the DC Jail with almost no accommodation for his inability to hear and speak. He had no American Sign Language interpreter for his meetings with medical personnel for his medical problems, for his anger management class, or his graphic arts class, and he spent two weeks in solitary confinement by mistake because of his inability to communicate with guards.  In an earlier opinion in the case, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled that DC violated Mr. Pierce’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act when they took no action to determine what accommodation he needed to be able to communicate effectively with prison staff.

The Washington Post’s coverage of the verdict is here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/us-jury-orders-dc-corrections-to-pay-70000-to-deaf-inmate-in-ada-claim/2016/05/11/6bf30a0a-1797-11e6-9e16-2e5a123aac62_story.html

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