• The ACLU is closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic for any possible impact(s) on our programs, including the National Advocacy Institute in DC this summer. At this time, we do expect to continue with our program plans for the Institute in July 2020. However, our utmost priority is the safety and health of our students, so we will evaluate the situation on a day-to-day basis. We will notify all Advocacy Institute participants of any changes, and, if the event is cancelled, we will work with students to refund any deposits or payments made for the program. Please reach out to institute@aclu.org for any questions. In the meantime, please refer to the CDC and WHO website, take care, and stay safe during this challenging time. 


ACLU National Advocacy Institute

The Future We Dare to Create

High School Program
(Ages 15-18) *including graduating seniors
Wednesday, July 22 - Tuesday, July 28, 2020 

The ACLU National Advocacy Institute’s High School Program will bring together a diverse group of high school students (ages 15-18) from across the United States to participate in a week-long, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates.

College and Community Program
(Ages 18-24)
Friday, July 24 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The ACLU National Advocacy Institute’s College and Community Program will prepare college-aged students (ages 18-24) for lifelong engagement in grassroots organizing, policy development, and legal advocacy.

ACLU Centennial Celebration: Next Generation Conference & Gala
Saturday, July 25 – Monday, July 27, 2020

The ACLU Advocacy Institute will feature a special, day-long Next Generation Conference and Gala to mark the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the ACLU. This event will feature past and present ACLU leadership, as well as special guest speakers from the public sector and other nonprofit organizations. (Speakers to be announced here in the coming months.) New for 2020.


  • “I went to the Institute to learn and navigate how to create a greater impact through my activism on my college campus. Not only did I grow as a organizer, activist, and person, but I found a community of people at the Institute who have become some of my closest friends, supporters, and allies." - Priscilla Takyi


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Other Speakers Included:

Edward Snowden
As a whistleblower of illegal government activity that was sanctioned and kept secret by the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government for years, he undertook great personal risk for the public good. And he has single-handedly reignited a global debate about the extent and nature of government surveillance and our most fundamental rights as individuals.

Sasheer Zamata
ACLU Celebrity Ambassador

Actress and comedian Sasheer Zamata, known for her breakout role on the cast of Saturday Night Live, is the ACLU celebrity ambassador for women's rights. In her role as an ambassador, Zamata will elevate the ACLU’s work to fight gender inequality and structural discrimination against women in employment, education, healthcare, housing, and criminal justice through advocacy and public education. The ACLU Women’s Rights Project was co-founded in 1972 by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who called women’s rights “an essential part of the overall human rights agenda.” Though strides have been made in the past several decades to advance and protect the rights of women and girls, there’s a lot left to do.

Cristina Jiménez
United We Dream Network’s Co-Founder and Executive Director

Cristina Jiménez is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the United We Dream Network, the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country. The organization, which is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies, has been a critical force in addressing immigration inequities across the country. Originally from Ecuador, Cristina came to the U.S. with her family at the age of 13, attending high school and college as an undocumented student. She was recently named among Forbes' “30 under 30 in Law and Policy,” one of “21 immigration reform power players” and one of 5 non-profit leaders who will influence public policy by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. READ MORE

Ben Wizner
Director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

For nearly fifteen years, he has worked at the intersection of civil liberties and national security, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture. He appears regularly in the global media, has testified before Congress, and is an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law. Since July of 2013, he has been the principal legal advisor to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. READ MORE

Gara LaMarche
President of the Democracy Alliance

Gara LaMarche is President of The Democracy Alliance, a group of donors and movement leaders who provide millions of dollars to strengthen progressive organizations, causes and campaigns. A longtime advocate for human rights and social justice, from 2007 to 2011, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlantic Philanthropies, an international foundation focused on aging, children and youth, health, and human rights operating in Australia, Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States, and Viet Nam. During his tenure at Atlantic, the foundation made the largest grant ever made by a foundation for an advocacy campaign – over $25 million – to press for comprehensive health care reform in the U.S.

Dale Ho
Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project

His work includes litigation to combat voter suppression and legislative advocacy to open new opportunities for participation for the historically disenfranchised. Dale supervises the ACLU's voting rights litigation nationwide, with active cases in over a dozen states throughout the country. He has litigated cases under the federal Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act. Dale has testified on election reforms in various state legislatures around the country, and is a frequent commentator on voting rights issues. He is an adjunct professor of law at NYU School of Law, and is widely published on redistricting and voting rights in journals including Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Florida Law Review, and the University of Richmond Law Review. READ MORE

Hina Shamsi
Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project

Hina Shamsi is the Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, which is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. She has litigated cases upholding the freedoms of speech and association, and challenging targeted killing, torture, unlawful detention, and post-9/11 discrimination against racial and religious minorities. READ MORE

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Contact Us

Email: institute@aclu.org

Hotline: (703) 706-3555

The ACLU Advocacy Institute would like to thank our sponsors:

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