Vote in the primary election on Tuesday, May 3

Vote in the primary election on Tuesday, May 3

April 20, 2016 Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and a fundamental right upon which our civil liberties rest. In Indiana and across the country, the ACLU works in courts, legislatures and...

ACLU of Indiana, Planned Parenthood Challenge Anti-Abortion Measure

ACLU of Indiana, Planned Parenthood Challenge Anti-Abortion Measure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thurs., April 7, 2016 "The ACLU stands firmly against discrimination in all forms, but that isn't what this law is about," said Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana executive...

#BlackLivesMatter & Upcoming ACLU Events

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March 14, 2016 The deaths of Michael Brown, Dontre Hamilton, Eric Garner, Scott Walker, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray and many others are, according to ACLU National, "...grim reminders that there are...

Victory! ACLU Wins Preliminary Injunction for Exodus Refugee Immigration

Victory! ACLU Wins Preliminary Injunction for Exodus Refugee Immigration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mon., Feb. 29, 2016 Indianapolis – Today a federal judge awarded a preliminary injunction to Exodus Refugee Immigration in a case brought by the resettlement agency,...

ACLU of Indiana, Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services Announce Settlement with Department of Correction

ACLU of Indiana, Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services Announce Settlement with Department of Correction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJan. 27, 2016 Agreement with DOC marks fundamental, systemic change in the treatment of seriously mentally ill prisoners We fully anticipate this cooperation [with the...

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ACLU of Indiana, Planned Parenthood Challenge Anti-Abortion Measure

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Thurs., April 7, 2016

"The ACLU stands firmly against discrimination in all forms, but that isn't what this law is about," said Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana executive director. "Unnecessary restrictions, like those recently signed into law, demean women and threaten the quality of their health care. The ACLU of Indiana will continue to work to ensure that every woman can make the best decision for herself and her family about whether and when to continue a pregnancy without undue political interference."

Indianapolis – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed a lawsuit today against the Indiana State Department of Health, prosecutors of several counties and the state medical licensing board asking the Court to block enforcement of a new law that imposes unconstitutional restrictions on women seeking abortions and their health care providers. The ACLU of Indiana and PPINK claim the law violates due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment as well as First Amendment rights of free speech.

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Victory! ACLU Wins Preliminary Injunction for Exodus Refugee Immigration

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Mon., Feb. 29, 2016

Indianapolis – Today a federal judge awarded a preliminary injunction to Exodus Refugee Immigration in a case brought by the resettlement agency, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and ACLU national. The order prohibits the State of Indiana from taking any actions to interfere with or attempt to deter the resettlement of Syrian refugees by Exodus in Indiana, including by withholding funds and services due Exodus and the refugees it serves.

"We are extremely pleased by the decision," said Ken Falk, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana. "The equal protection clause of the United States Constitution demands that all of the refugees who are extensively vetted and finally approved by the federal government be treated equally. Indiana was not, and now, pursuant to the trial court's order, must do so."

The lawsuit, filed in November on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc., sought the injunction to stop the governor from taking any actions to suspend, block or withhold aid from refugees or from Exodus. Exodus is a nonprofit corporation that receives federal money through the state's Office of Refugee Programs, located within the Family and Social Services Administration, to assist in resettlement of federally approved and screened refugees. The funds are used to assist with employment training, English language education and other services.

"This ruling puts the brakes on Governor Pence's end run around the Constitution. No state can unilaterally ban a group of refugees that has been vetted and admitted by the federal government. By trying to block Syrian families based solely on their nationality, Indiana is flouting federal law, the U.S. Constitution, and our fundamental American values of providing refuge for families fleeing war and violence," said Judy Rabinovitz, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project.

Exodus has settled 892 refugees, including some from Syria, in the past fiscal year, and is projected to settle approximately that number in 2016, including 19 Syrians approved for refugee status by the federal government that have been placed with Exodus.

The decision, Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. v. Mike Pence, et al., Case 1:15-cv-01858-TWP-DKL was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, on February 29, 2016. 

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ACLU of Indiana, Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services Announce Settlement with Department of Correction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 27, 2016

Agreement with DOC marks fundamental, systemic change in the treatment of seriously mentally ill prisoners

We fully anticipate this cooperation [with the Indiana Department of Correction] will continue and that these changes will have a significant positive impact by reducing the severity of mental illness in prisoners who will one day rejoin society.

—ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk

Indianapolis –A long-running class action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission against the Indiana Department of Correction has been settled with a proposed agreement that awaits approval by the Court after notice to the class. If approved the agreement will fundamentally transform the way seriously mentally ill prisoners are treated in state correctional facilities. The changes will affect hundreds, if not thousands, of prisoners in Indiana who will receive better access to mental health care and who will no longer be held without treatment in solitary confinement.

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