The ACLU 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’s legal work is on a pro bono basis; we never charge for our legal services.

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ACLU of Northern California v. Wright

The ACLU, the ACLU of Northern California, and the ACLU of Southern California filed a lawsuit against the federal government for awarding millions of dollars annually to organizations that are supposed to provide care, including access to medical care, to unaccompanied immigrant minors.

October 2, 2017

Minton v. Dignity Health

Minton v. Dignity Health is a lawsuit filed against a Dignity Health medical center for withholding medical care because of a patient’s gender identity, amounting to sex discrimination in violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.

July 18, 2017 LGBTQ Rights

Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles

Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of Angelenos whom the Los Angeles police and prosecutors have unfairly subjected to restrictive "gang injunctions" without due process.

October 25, 2016 Police Practices

Hernandez v. Lynch

Hernandez v. Lynch is a class action lawsuit challenging the federal government's policy and practice of setting bonds for non-citizens in immigration proceedings, without consideration of their ability to pay the bond, that results in the detention of individuals merely

April 6, 2016 Immigrants' Rights

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