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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.

In re Humphrey (Bail)

Nov 14, 2018
In January 2018, the First District Court of Appeal ruled that the money bail system in California violated due process and equal protection by imprisoning defendants prior to trial solely because they could not afford to pay bail. The ruling required Superior Court judges to consider both a defendant’s ability to pay and non-monetary alternatives to money bail when setting an amount of money bail... Read More

Cross v. San Francisco (Racially Biased Policing)

Oct 04, 2018
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California, the ACLU Foundation and the law firm Durie Tangri LLP filed a lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco for its police department’s racially discriminatory enforcement practices. Read More

Raimondo v. FBI (Internet Free Speech)

Aug 27, 2018
In 2004, the FBI conducted a “threat assessment” of long-time journalists and commentators Justin Raimondo and Eric Garris, as well as their website, Antiwar.com. In violation of the federal Privacy Act, this threat assessment compiled descriptions of the journalists’ First Amendment activities without any apparent law enforcement purpose. Attorneys at the ACLU Foundation of Northern California an... Read More

Chiu v. Secretary of State Padilla (Voting Rights)

Jul 24, 2018
The Disability Rights California (DRC) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California sued Secretary of State Alex Padilla for failing to provide voter registration services for low-income Californians and Californians with disabilities.The lawsuit demands that California comply with state and federal laws that require public assistance offices and state-funded programs p... Read More

SRCEH v. Sacramento (Anti-Panhandling Ordinance)

Jul 19, 2018
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California and Legal Services of Northern California filed suit against the City of Sacramento in April 2018 in order to halt enforcement of an unconstitutional "anti-solicitation" ordinance adopted by the Sacramento City Council. The suit was filed on behalf of the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness, the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee,... Read More

ACLU Foundation of Northern California v. ICE (Detainee Transport)

Jul 09, 2018
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on July 10, 2018 demanding records related to the treatment of immigration detainees by ICE, particularly transportation by contractor G4S Secure Solutions. In regions throughout the country, ICE subcontracts with G4S to transport immigration detainees. G4S is a private contrac... Read More

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

ACLU Prompts State Hospitals to Halt Forced Medication of Patients

Jun 08, 2018
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California and Protection and Advocacy, Inc. issued a letter to the California Department of Mental Health stating our concern that the state hospital system was forcibly drugging patients who have been tried for crimes and were found not guilty by reason of insanity. Read More

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

Masters v. CDCR (Death Penalty)

May 16, 2018

Jarvis Jay Masters, a death-sentenced inmate, and Witness to Innocence, a nonprofit organization composed of and led by exonerated death row inmates and their family members, is challenging California’s new lethal injection regulations. 

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