About Us

The American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia (ACLU-D.C.) envisions a free and just D.C. where everyone, particularly historically oppressed communities, lives free from systemic governmental oppression. With the support of 14,000 members and supporters, we use an integrated advocacy approach—public education, advocacy, organizing, and litigation—to protect and advance civil liberties and civil rights for people who live in, work in, and visit D.C. We are a local affiliate of the ACLU, a nonpartisan nonprofit that dares to create a more perfect union.

Our Mission

The ACLU of D.C. works with District residents and supporters of our vision to protect and advance civil liberties and civil rights by using the tools of public education, political advocacy, organizing, and litigation.

Our Vision

We envision a just and free D.C. where all people, especially historically oppressed communities, live without systemic governmental oppression and can exercise their power to protect and expand civil rights, civil liberties, and human dignity.