The ACLU of Virginia works to defend and advance constitutionally guaranteed rights to people who have historically been denied those rights on the basis of race.
Although generations of civil rights activism in Virginia have made significant strides toward racial equality, the fight for equality is never won. The ACLU of Virginia challenges the systemic racism that continues to manifest itself in laws and policies throughout the Commonwealth.
From our public schools where students of color are too often confined to racially isolated, underfunded, and inferior programs, to our criminal justice system that disproportionately targets and incarcerates people of color and criminalizes poverty, to the starkly segregated world of housing, the ACLU strives to ensure equal treatment for all Virginians.
Did you know?
● In Virginia, like the rest of the country, black and Latino students, especially those with disabilities, are more likely to be referred to law enforcement than their white peers.
● Virginia is one of twelve states in which more than half of the prison population is black.