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This Week in Civil Liberties

This Week in Civil Liberties

By Jessica Monaco, ACLU at 6:22pm
The theme this week was "without": combating the spread of AIDS without actual tools and information to combat the spread of AIDS, searches without warrants, protections for business without protections for everybody else, government bureaucracy without privacy or security, accessing medical marijuana without federal government interference, sentencing without (or at least with a lot less) unfairness. That last one is good, the rest not so much....

Fighting AIDS and Fighting for Free Speech

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 5:18pm

Today, a federal appeals court in Manhattan heard oral argument in a case challenging the so-called "anti-prostitution pledge," which is part of a law called the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act. On one side,…

On World AIDS Day, Fight Ongoing Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Prisoners

On World AIDS Day, Fight Ongoing Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Prisoners

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:41pm

Today is World AIDS Day. At the beginning of this year, three states — Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina — continued to segregate its prisoners with HIV from the rest of the prison population.

Two ACLU Attorneys Named "Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40"

By Robert Nakatani, LGBT Project at 11:30am

The National LGBT Bar Association recently announced the recipients of its inaugural Best LGBT Lawyers under 40 Award, and we're happy to note that two ACLU attorneys are among that select group. Christine Sun, senior counsel for the ACLU LGBT &…

New National AIDS Strategy Will Address Discrimination Against Those Living with HIV/AIDS

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:04pm

The Obama administration will unveil a first of its kind national AIDS strategy on Tuesday, which took 15 months of work to complete. In a preview in Monday’s New York Times(which has obtained an advance copy of the national strategy), the administration…

Standing Up for Trafficking Victims

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:29pm

Yesterday, Change.org's Amanda Koer published an interview with the ACLU's Brigitte Amiri about our lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A: Why do you think it is important…

In Alabama and South Carolina, Separate and Unequal

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:30am

Last month, we blogged about the state of Mississippi's decision to stop segregating prisoners with HIV from the rest of the prison population.

Today, the ACLU and Human Rights Watch released a new report that focuses on Alabama and South…

Keeping the Courthouse Doors Open to Protect Reproductive Health Care and Religious Liberty

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:48pm

(Originally posted at ACSblog.)

Last week, a federal district court in Massachusetts ruled that an ACLU challenge to the government's use of taxpayer dollars to impose religious doctrine on victims of human trafficking may go forward.…

Human Trafficking Is Modern-Day Slavery

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:09pm

Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said in a statement today:

The scourge of modern slavery, including human trafficking,…

A Victorious Step Toward Ensuring Reproductive Health Care for Trafficking Victims

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:27am

On Monday, a federal district court in Massachusetts ruled that an ACLU challenge to the government's use of taxpayer dollars to impose religious doctrine on victims of human trafficking may go forward. The decision is a victory for women's health…