WE DO NOT ACCEPT WALK-INS. THIS PAGE EXPLAINS HOW TO ASK FOR OUR HELP.
The ACLU of the District of Columbia works to protect and extend civil liberties and civil rights in our local community, Washington, DC. We do this by filing lawsuits, educating the public, and lobbying the DC government. We take requests for legal help in writing.
Before you write to us, please read this page. We take only take a limited number of cases, and with regret must turn down some requests even when serious injustice has occurred.
Our local focus:
If your complaint is not connected to the District of Columbia, look up your local ACLU affiliate to request legal help where the problem occurred.
We take cases about civil liberties and civil rights. Examples:
- Freedom of speech and press.
- Freedom of religion.
- Freedom from unreasonable invasions of privacy.
- Equal protection (freedom from discrimination).
- Due process (the right to a fair procedure).
- Police misconduct
- D.C. jail conditions
We do not take these types of cases:
- Denial of government benefits, such as unemployment or welfare.
- Defense to a criminal charge.
- Complaints against lawyers.
- Problems involving taxes.
- Cases about a person's immigration status.
- Landlord-tenant disputes.
- Divorce, child custody, or neglect matters
If you have a case not involving civil liberties or civil rights, please see our resource guide for help with other legal problems in the DC area.