News Releases

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Monday, May 7, 2018
The ACLU of Washington has sued the Washington Department of Early Learning (DEL) for imposing a blanket lifetime ban preventing anyone with a robbery conviction from working in childcare.  The ban applies no matter how long ago the conviction was, no matter the circumstances, and no matter how the applicant has turned around their life.
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Monday, April 9, 2018
The Washington Supreme Court on April 5 became the first court in the nation to adopt a court rule aimed at eliminating both implicit and intentional racial bias in jury selection.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill (HB 1783), which helps address Washington State's broken system for imposing and collecting legal financial obligations (LFOs) from people too poor to pay.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The ACLU of Washington and ACLU affiliates in California and eight other states sent a letter to Greyhound Lines Inc. to urge the company to change its policies and refuse U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) permission to conduct raids on buses without warrants.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The Washington Legislature has passed a bill (E2SHB 1783) which will ensure that poor people are not unfairly jailed or tied for years to the criminal justice system because they are unable to pay court-imposed debts known as Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs).
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Monday, February 26, 2018
The Immigration Ordinance preserves the privacy and civil liberties of our County’s residents by barring the use of King County employees’ time and resources facilitating immigration detention and deportation.
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Friday, February 23, 2018
The ACLU of Washington today filed a lawsuit to uphold the free speech rights of an immigrant detainee at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma who has suffered severe retaliation from NWDC authorities because he participated in a hunger strike at the facility.
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Friday, February 23, 2018
Hoy, la Unión Americana de Libertades Civiles de Washington (ACLU, por sus siglas en inglés) entabló una demanda para defender el derecho a la libertad de expresión de un inmigrante detenido en el Centro de Detención del Noroeste (NWDC, por sus siglas en inglés) en Tacoma quien ha sido víctima de severas represalias por parte de las autoridades del NWDC por haber participado en una huelga de hambre en dicho centro.
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Monday, January 22, 2018
The ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project are notifying law enforcement agencies in Washington about the settlement of a lawsuit in which the City of Spokane agreed to pay damages and attorneys’ fees to a man it unlawfully detained and held for immigration authorities after he was the victim of a car accident.
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Friday, January 19, 2018
Refugee Joseph Doe, plaintiff in an ACLU of Washington suit challenging the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban, was finally able to hug his wife and three children last night, ending four years of painful separation.  The family was reunited at SeaTac airport after a federal court in December granted a nationwide injunction against a ban that would have indefinitely prevented children and spouses from any country from joining refugees like Doe, who have already been admitted to the U.S.

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