A message from our marriage equality plaintiffs at the Supreme Court

A message from our marriage equality plaintiffs at the Supreme Court

ACLU of Indiana Marriage Equality Plaintiffs in Washington, D.C.Just over a year ago, Hoosiers faced a terrifying possibility: that our lawmakers would enshrine discrimination into Indiana's...

In Memory of ICLU Founder Irving Fink

In Memory of ICLU Founder Irving Fink

In Memory of Irving Fink April 7, 2015 In the fall of 1953, a group of interested people, among them respected lawyers, doctors and university Photo: Indiana Historical Society, American Civil...

Woman Detained at Airport Tells Her Story

Woman Detained at Airport Tells Her Story

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, May 4, 2015 Indiana University professor says armed federal officers' invasion of her privacy a "complete assault on my freedom as an individual, citizen, author and...

UPDATE: ACLU Sues NSA and Wins!

UPDATE: ACLU Sues NSA and Wins!

May 7, 2015 NEW YORK – In a landmark decision, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled today that the NSA's phone-records surveillance program is unlawful. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals...

FAQ: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

FAQ: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

April 8, 2015 FAQ: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Download a PDF of this FAQ What transpired to pass and then amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in...

ACLU of Indiana Testimony on

ACLU of Indiana Testimony on "Religious Freedom" Bills

SB 101 and SB 568 – Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA)Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee, February 9, 2015 Jane Henegar, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of...

Let's cut our prison population in half

Let's cut our prison population in half

For the last four decades, this country has relentlessly expanded our criminal justice system, needlessly throwing away too many lives and trillions of taxpayer dollars. Our nation's addiction to...

  • A message from our marriage equality plaintiffs at the Supreme Court

  • In Memory of ICLU Founder Irving Fink

  • Woman Detained at Airport Tells Her Story

  • UPDATE: ACLU Sues NSA and Wins!

  • FAQ: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

  • ACLU of Indiana Testimony on "Religious Freedom" Bills

  • Let's cut our prison population in half

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Woman Detained at Airport Tells Her Story

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, May 4, 2015

Indiana University professor says armed federal officers' invasion of her privacy a "complete assault on my freedom as an individual, citizen, author and academic."

Indianapolis – A woman who was detained and questioned without cause at Indianapolis International Airport has released her story about the events that transpired nearly three years ago, which prompted a lawsuit challenging the federal government for violating her constitutional rights.Christine VonDerHaarChristine Von Der Haar

Christine Von Der Haar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana in February 2014, said armed Custom and Border Protection officers took her into a room for questioning while they also questioned her friend for almost six hours in another location. Von Der Haar said the officers, who blocked her exit during the examination, said, "We have been reading your emails for a year." She also said that officers' questioning constituted an "off-the-books interrogation" that was deeply personal and invasive.

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Von Der Haar's story, "Secrets, Lies and Cover-Ups: How the Government Spied on Me and (Almost) Got Away With It," is online at http://www.aclu-in.org/issues/freedom/privacy-and-technology/320-secrets-lies-and-cover-ups-how-the-government-spied-on-me-and-almost-got-away-with-it.  The ACLU of Indiana and Von Der Haar reached a settlement and the case was dismissed on April 13.

"This case raises troubling issues about the power of the government to secretly investigate, detain and question citizens," said ACLU of Indiana Staff Attorney Kelly Eskew, who represents Von Der Haar.

The lawsuit, Christine Von Der Haar v. United States, 1:14-cv-00247-JMS-DML, was dismissed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on April 13, 2015.

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FAQ: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

April 8, 2015

FAQ: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

What transpired to pass and then amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana?

On March 26, 2015, in a private ceremony with no media in attendance, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into legislation SB 101, Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. Days before, the measure that lawmakers had fast-tracked in the Indiana Senate also passed in the Indiana House of Representatives—despite six attempts to amend the bill to mitigate the most harmful effects. When Gov. Pence signed the RFRA into law, the public outcry, from grassroots supporters, businesses, convention leaders, sports organizations, faith leaders, national and local civil rights organizations and celebrities in and outside Indiana, was immediate and deafening. This backlash forced the governor and lawmakers to update the law to recognize, for the first time in history, protections in Indiana based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Unfortunately, these protections currently exist only in a few local human rights ordinances.

Where have human rights ordinances been passed in Indiana?

Several communities in the state of Indiana have human rights ordinances that provide enforceable protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, including Indianapolis/Marion County; Lafayette/West Lafayette/Tippecanoe County and New Albany. HROs also exist in other communities, including Michigan City, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Muncie, Terre Haute, Bloomington/Monroe County and Evansville, and are being considered in several others. The landscape is changing every day. Read The Indianapolis Star, April 6, 2015 about local HROs.

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In Memory of ICLU Founder Irving Fink

In Memory of Irving Fink

April 7, 2015

In the fall of 1953, a group of interested people, among them respected lawyers, doctors and university IRVING L FINK.webPhoto: Indiana Historical Society, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Collectionfaculty, met at the Lincoln Hotel in Indianapolis to discuss organizing an Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Irving Fink, along with several others, was among those who led this effort, and who founded the Indiana Civil Liberties Union.

On April 5, 2015, the 95 year-old civil rights lawyer passed away. To those who knew him and to the many, many people who have benefited from his extraordinary generosity, he will be greatly missed.

Fink once said, "The cases that meant the most to me were the cases where I didn't earn a dime."

Funeral services will be held at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, 6501 North Meridian Street, on Tuesday, April 7 at 11 a.m. The family requests that contributions in his memory be made to the ACLU of Indiana. Click here to make a contribution in his memory.

Read more about his exceptional life and accomplishments here:

Irving L. Fink Obituary - The Indianapolis Star