Issues

The ACLU of Virginia handles a wide array of issues.  Click the links below to see information related to a specific issue.

Free Speech

The ACLU of Virginia is a vigorous defender of freedom of speech, as well as freedom of the press, and the rights of demonstrators. These are among our most fundamental liberties and are guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

Religious Liberty

The right to practice religion, or no religion at all, is among the most fundamental of the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU of Virginia works to ensure that this essential freedom is protected by keeping the government out of religion. The Constitution’s framers understood that religious liberty could flourish only if the government leaves religion alone, and we are dedicated to maintaining that separation to preserve religious freedom for all people.

Equal Rights

The ACLU of Virginia works toward ending discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and other classes of persons subject to stereotyping.

Due Process & Criminal Justice

Due process is the principle that the government must respect all of the legal rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution. The ACLU of Virginia protects the right to a fair trial with adequate legal representation and to fair sentencing practices.

Privacy Rights

The ACLU of Virginia promotes the responsible uses of technology that enhance privacy and freedom, while opposing government programs and technical developments that diminish individual privacy, undermine our freedoms and move us closer to a surveillance society.

Voting Rights

The ACLU of Virginia protects the right to register and vote, and promotes racial equality in the electoral process.

Death Penalty

The ACLU of Virginia opposes capital punishment and advocates for the reform of the administration of the death penalty in Virginia. We support moratorium and repeal movements and oppose all expansions of the death penalty through public education and advocacy.

Women’s Rights

Patricia M. Arnold Women's Rights Project The Patricia M. Arnold Women’s Rights Project combats gender bias in Virginia by protecting and advancing the equal rights of women through public education, advocacy, and litigation. Key areas of concern include equal educational and economic opportunities for women, reproductive rights, violence against women, and the treatment of incarcerated women.

Reproductive Freedom

The ACLU of Virginia protects everyone’s right to make informed decisions free from government interference concerning reproduction and whether and when to become a parent.

LGBT Rights

The ACLU of Virginia seeks equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Immigrants' Rights

The Constitution guarantees the fundamental rights and civil liberties of every person in the United States. The ACLU of Virginia works to assist immigrants who have been unfairly targeted by government programs or subject to discrimination, and is committed to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of non-citizens.

Open Government

The ACLU of Virginia protects the right to attend government meetings and obtain public records.

Students' Rights

Constitutional violations are far too common in public schools and universities. The ACLU of Virginia works to protect constitutional rights as they apply to students.

Prisoners' Rights

The ACLU of Virginia protects the minimal rights constitutionally guaranteed to incarcerated persons. We believe that even though prisoners are deprived of liberty, they are still entitled to basic human rights.

National Security

The ACLU of Virginia believes that we can be both safe and free. We work to restore and defend those liberties that were lost in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, including but not limited to illegal government spying and indefinite detention.