As we all do our best to protect the health and well-being of family and friends in this unsettling time, the need for a government response guided by public health experts has become more urgent than ever. In this and all times of crisis, it is critical that “We The People” truly means all of us.
The ACLU is working nationwide to ensure the burdens of the outbreak and the government’s actions do not unfairly fall on our most vulnerable communities. We are also monitoring the government’s responses to ensure they are rooted in science and public health needs, not stigma or bias, and no more intrusive on civil liberties than absolutely necessary.
New Data Connect the Federal Executions and a COVID-19 Outbreak in Indiana
The government’s rush to resume federal executions for the first time in 17 years during a pandemic has caused senseless risk for incarcerated people, prison staff, and everyone who lives in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Trump Administration's Attack on Abortion Access Disproportionately Harms Communities of Color Already Devastated by COVID-19
The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to reinstate an FDA restriction on medication for early abortion that disproportionately harms people of color — during a pandemic that is killing those same communities. It's a direct attack on the health and safety of people of color.
My Brother’s Not Afraid of Much. With COVID-19 in Prison, He’s Scared Out of His Mind.
Scott Clements, a lifelong New Jerseyan, is fighting to save the life of his brother Brian, who faces a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 in prison and has underlying health conditions that would make the virus a death sentence.
A COVID-19 Balancing Act: Public Health and Privacy
As states begin to slowly loosen restrictions and stay at home orders, tech giants want to harness their products for contact tracing. How can we protect public health, while ensuring this technology is used safely and without bias?
Civil Liberties Never Sleep: The ACLU in the Pandemic
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has upended our daily lives in countless and unimaginable ways. But the need to defend our country’s most fundamental values — and our most vulnerable populations — cannot take a respite.
Those “Free” Remote Learning Apps Have a High Cost: Your Student’s Privacy
To be true angels during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, tech companies providing free remote learning apps should disable features that spy on students and suck up their private, personal information.
People in prisons and jails are uniquely vulnerable to coronavirus. Officials must act quickly to pull together a plan to ensure the safety of incarcerated people, medical staff, and correctional officers.
Police, Prosecutors, Sheriffs, Parole Officers, and Governors can Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 — Here’s How
Public health experts have encouraged stakeholders in the criminal legal system to minimize the number of people entering the system in the first place, while also releasing individuals in prisons and jails most vulnerable to the virus.
Each of the 37,000 people currently detained by ICE are at severe risk of contracting COVID-19. We must immediately reduce the numbers of people in immigration detention, starting by releasing the most vulnerable to serious illness or death.