During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, state officials quarantined multiple people who had arrived in the United States from Liberia, without adequate scientific justification, thereby violating their constitutional rights.

 

We believe that the government should give notice of the reasons for the quarantine and also be required to hold a hearing with a neutral decision maker where the quarantine can be contested. We also believe that unjustified quarantines risk disproportionately harming individuals from particular countries or communities when they are imposed based on stigma or fear. 

The ACLU has been at the forefront of numerous state and federal cases addressing civil liberties and civil rights, and co-authored a report on the civil liberties implications of state responses to the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, here: https://www.aclu.org/feature/fear-politics-and-ebola.

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