About Us

The ACLU will always be on the side of fairness, equality, freedom, and justice – for all
 
The ACLU is the nation’s premier civil rights and civil liberties organization.  It is an unwavering voice of freedom, fairness and equality for all people in America.  We work in the courts, the legislatures, and in our communities to protect and extend basic rights for everyone.  The ACLU is fueled by more than 500,000 members and supporters as well as thousands of volunteers.  The ACLU takes no government funds - we are people-powered!
 
The ACLU of Washington is the state affiliate of the ACLU.  We challenge overzealous government power, protect the rights of the most vulnerable in our society, and take up clients and causes, such as the young man who is stopped by the police because of the color of his skin.  . . . the 10-year old immigrant girl who is expected to represent herself in court.. . . the disabled grandmother who is refused an apartment because of a decades-old conviction. . . . the woman who is refused a hysterectomy in a religious-run hospital. . . . the gay couple who is refused service at a flower shop . . . and much more.
 
The ACLU of Washington is one of the ACLU’s largest state affiliates – with more than 30 full-time staff, 50,000 supporters and numerous volunteers, activists, cooperating attorneys, fellows and interns. The ACLU-WA prides itself on addressing cutting-edge issues that affect real people’s lives, often leading the way for the rest of the country with progressive gains such as marijuana legalization and marriage equality.