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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Garza v. Hargan

In this case, the ACLU is representing a young woman in Texas who is currently being prevented from accessing abortion care because the Trump administration has adopted a new policy that directly prevents unaccompanied immigrant minors from obtaining abortions.

October 13, 2017 Gender Equity and Reproductive Justice

Inland Empire - Immigrant Youth Collective v. Duke

The ACLU and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of several young immigrants against the Trump administration for its unlawful revocations of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status.

October 6, 2017 Immigrants' Rights

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