The privacy implications of drones continue to raise concern around the country. Since the ACLU's 2011 report and before, we have been warning about the potential privacy implications of this...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2015 "It's not enough to simply pass laws that say we'll do the right thing," said ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar. "The purpose of caseload...
Gilbert L. Holmes, Oct. 24, 1935 - June 24, 2015 July 15, 2015 We are extremely sad to acknowledge the passing of our colleague, friend and former executive director, Gilbert L. Holmes. Gil...
In 2013, the Supreme Court crippled one of the most effective protections for the right to vote by rendering ineffective the requirement that certain jurisdictions with a history of voting...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, June 26, 2015 Indianapolis – Today in a landmark ruling the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex couples' freedom to marry in all 50...
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...
Mark your calendars: We're having Constitution Day Trivia Night on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in West Lafayette and Bloomington! More details coming soon.
September 17 of every year is Constitution Day, a day to recognize the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787. In 2004, Congress passed a law mandating any school receiving federal funds of any kind provide educational programming on the significance of this event. The American Civil Liberties Union has made Constitution Day programming in schools across the country an educational priority. The ACLU of Indiana is matching trained volunteers with classrooms in Indianapolis and surrounding suburbs in 2015. If you are an educator who wishes to have this programming in your classroom in the coming school year, please sign up below!
June 26, 2015
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were....It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves....They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. It is so ordered.
--Supreme Court of the United States, Obergefell v. Hodges, June 26, 2015
Friday's historic decision is a joyous one for same-sex couples across the nation and for everyone who wants to participate fully in our society and enter, in front of friends and family, into the lifelong commitment of marriage with the person they love.
From First Amendment topics of free speech and religious liberty, to the privacy issues posed by emerging technologies, to marriage equality and community policing — at your request over the past year we've taken our popular First Wednesdays lunchtime discussions to communities in Evansville, South Bend, Muncie, Fort Wayne and Gary.
In 2015, we'll be taking these conversations once again to six more communities statewide! Sign up for ACLU email alerts to stay informed about events near you and ways you can take action on issues.
Did you have fun at Spencer Pride, South Bend Pride and Indy Pride? Join the ACLU of Indiana at Pride Festivals later this summer, and be sure to pick up an ACLU heart sticker at our booth.
Where: Headwaters Park, 330 S Clinton St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Where: Downtown Lafayette, Indiana
FIESTA Indianapolis will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 12-10 p.m., at the American Legion Mall and Veterans Memorial Plaza, Downtown Indianapolis. Be sure to visit our booth and pick up information about your civil liberties in English and in Spanish!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2015
"The ACLU of Indiana has tirelessly defended the rights and civil liberties of all of Indiana's people for more than 60 years. I am honored to be a part of that tradition by joining the ACLU's talented and committed staff," said Mensz.
Indianapolis – A litigator who assisted the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana in several high-profile cases has rejoined the legal team as staff attorney.
Jan Mensz, a Debevoise Fellow at the ACLU of Indiana in 2010-2011, was involved in cases including the confinement of mentally ill prisoners in extreme isolation, a challenge to state discriminatory practices against U.S. citizen children of immigrant parents and a challenge to Indiana law denying Medicaid reimbursement to Planned Parenthood, among many others.
Gilbert L. Holmes, Oct. 24, 1935 - June 24, 2015
July 15, 2015
We are extremely sad to acknowledge the passing of our colleague, friend and former executive director, Gilbert L. Holmes.
Gil faithfully served the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana as a member of its Board of Directors, a mentor to his colleagues and as its executive director from 2008 to 2012. Many who currently serve on the Board say that Gil came to the ACLU of Indiana in a moment of great need, so the organization could continue its defense of the liberties and rights of all the people in Indiana. He was an extraordinary leader who pursued the goals of equality, justice and fairness before the law, both in his work and in his personal life. He will be sadly missed at the ACLU and by all who knew him.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2015
"It's not enough to simply pass laws that say we'll do the right thing," said ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar. "The purpose of caseload limits is the safety and welfare of vulnerable children. We expect government to meet the letter and the spirit of the law, providing children with the protections they deserve."
Indianapolis – A case manager at the Indiana Department of Child Services filed a lawsuit today claiming that the failure of DCS to adequately staff the department as required by law does not allow her and her colleagues to keep caseloads at levels that allow children to be effectively protected and served.