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For decades, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California has used the courts to protect and expand the rights of all Californians. From fighting against the internment of Japanese Americans, to suing California Highway Patrol for targeting Black and Latinx drivers, the ACLU is building a more just state one lawsuit at a time.

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Hakimi et al v. Pompeo (Muslim Ban)

Jul 05, 2018
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed suit against Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on July 5, 2018, demanding that the State Department issue a decision on an Iranian family’s application to immigrate to the United States. Presidential Proclamation 9645 -- commonly known as the Muslim Ban -- along with other federal law, requires State Department officials to issue decisions on vi... Read More
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ACLU of Northern California v. ICE (License Plate Readers)

May 16, 2018
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on May 23, 2018 demanding records of ICE’s relationship with private companies to access vast troves of information about drivers through Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) databases. Earlier in 2018, it was revealed that ICE purchased access to two private databases of ALPR data for p... Read More
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Asian Americans Advancing Justice v. Padilla (Language Assistance)

Apr 17, 2018
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles filed suit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla demanding increased access to language assistance for limited English proficient voters in California. Secretary Padilla provided a directive to county election official... Read More
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ACLU Foundation of Northern California v. Madera County Board of Supervisors

Jul 17, 2017
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed suit in July of 2017 against the Madera County Board of Supervisors for violating California's open public meetings law, the Ralph M. Brown Act. On March 7, 2017, the Madera County Board of Supervisors, held a secret, closed doors session in which they adopted policies that significantly changed how ICE would interface with their county’s ... Read More
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J.I. v. United States (Sexual Assault)

Mar 22, 2017
On March 22, 2017, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed two claims with the federal government on behalf of two teenage sisters who were assaulted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. In July 2016, the sisters — then 19 and 17— lost their way while traveling to the United States from Guatemala, and encountered CBP officers after crossing the Texas-Chihuahua, Mexico, bord... Read More
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ACLU Foundations of California v. Alex Padilla (Ballot Selfies)

Oct 31, 2016
The ACLU Foundations of California filed suit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla challenging two statutes that prohibit voters from sharing ballot selfies. The suit asks for a temporary restraining order to prohibit the state from enforcing the ban for the November presidential election. Read More
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Preap v. Johnson (Mandatory Immigration Detention)

Aug 04, 2016
Most immigrants who are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") and placed in deportation proceedings are eligible for release on bond. Under a broad and incorrect interpretation of federal law, however, each of the named plaintiffs in this case has been denied the opportunity to challenge his detention while deportation proceedings are pending. Read More
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T.V. v. Beukelman (Student Censorship)

Feb 26, 2016
ACLU Foundation of Northern California has settled a lawsuit with the Manteca Unified School District after two high school officials chastised and censored a student for wearing a shirt to school identifying herself as a proud member of the LGBT community. Read More
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Byrd v. Fresno (Local Ban on Medical Marijuana Cultivation)

Feb 17, 2016
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed suit against the City and County of Fresno over complete bans on the cultivation and storage of medical marijuana. The bans are inconsistent with California’s 1996 voter-approved Compassionate Use Act, which allows seriously ill patients and caregivers to grow medical marijuana, and also with more recent legislation. The City and County also have ba... Read More
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Kirby v. Fresno (Local Ban on Medical Marijuana Cultivation)

Feb 17, 2016
The ACLU is challenging a Fresno County ban on the cultivation and storage of medical marijuana in the California Supreme Court. The ban is inconsistent with California’s 1996 voter-approved Compassionate Use Act, which allows seriously ill patients and caregivers to grow medical marijuana. Read More
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ACLU v. DOJ (StingRays)

Jan 13, 2016

In April 2013, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice to enforce the public's right to information about the federal government’s use of a surveillance tool commonly known as a StingRay. StingRays simulate a cell tower and trick all wireless devices on the same network in the vicinity to communicate with the device. 

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