Criminal Justice Reform

Over the past five decades, the United States has dramatically increased its reliance on the criminal justice system as a way to respond to substance use disorders, mental illness, poverty, and underfunded schools.

Disability Rights

The ACLU is striving for an America free of discrimination against people with disabilities, where people with disabilities are valued, integrated members of society who have full access to education, homes, health care, jobs, and families.

Free Speech

Freedom of speech, the press, association, assembly, and petition: This set of guarantees, protected by the First Amendment, comprises what we refer to as "free speech" or freedom of expression.

Immigrants’ Rights

The ACLU has been at the forefront of almost every major legal struggle on behalf of immigrants’ rights, focusing on challenging laws that deny immigrants access to the courts, impose indefinite and mandatory detention, and discriminate on the basis of nationality.

LGBTQ Rights

The ACLU  seeks to create a just society for all LGBTQ+ people regardless of race or income. 

Open Government

Vermonters are rightly proud of their state’s tradition of local, direct democracy and respect for constitutional principles.