The ACLU Foundation of Southern California undertakes litigation when doing so is the most effective way to advance a civil liberties concern. We file lawsuits that will have an impact on people’s rights by setting a legal precedent or affecting the policies and actions of public officials. We both provide direct legal representation to people and file amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs addressing civil liberties issues in cases initiated by others. All of the ACLU SoCal’s legal work is on a pro bono basis; we never charge for our legal services.

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Kidd v. Wolf

The "police" officers at the door look the part: flak jackets, tactical gear, guns, and the word POLICE emblazoned on their outfits. They even announce they are "the police."

But they are not the police.

April 16, 2020 Immigrants' Rights

Roman v. Wolf

Medical authorities have emphatically stated that maintaining a social distance of six feet is crucial to preventing the spread of COVID-19. But conditions at Adelanto, used by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to imprison about 1,300 people, make that impossible.

April 14, 2020 Immigrants' Rights

Robles v. Wolf

Six people detained at Adelanto ICE Processing Center in San Bernardino County with medical conditions that make them highly vulnerable to serious illness and death if infected with COVID-19 filed a lawsuit in federal court against U.S.

March 30, 2020 Immigrants' Rights

Bahena v. ICE

Thirteen immigrants detained in Mesa Verde Detention Center in Bakersfield, California and at Yuba County Jail. filed a lawsuit in federal district court against U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement calling for their immediate release.

March 25, 2020 Immigrants' Rights

Johnson v. L.A. Sheriff's Department

This lawsuit charges that the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) violated California's Right to Know Act, also known as SB 1421, which gives the public the right to access certain records relating to police misconduct and serious uses of force.

October 30, 2019 Police Practices