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The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is the state’s preeminent civil rights organization, at the forefront in Texas since 1938. The 11th largest ACLU affiliate in the United States, the ACLU of Texas works in the courts, the legislature and through public education to protect civil rights and individual liberty.

The ACLU of Texas advocates

  • personal privacy
  • freedom from unreasonable searches
  • religious liberty
  • humane treatment of prisoners
  • reproductive rights
  • freedom from unconstitutional discrimination

In the past five years, the number of ACLU members in Texas has more than doubled, our staff has grown from 3 to more than a dozen, and our annual budgets quadrupled. Today the ACLU of Texas and the ACLU Foundation of Texas do more than ever before to protect civil rights and civil liberties in the courtrooms of Texas, at the Texas Legislature, and in large and small communities throughout the Lone Star State.

What is the difference between the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the ACLU Foundation of Texas?

Our Mission

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation’s guardian of liberty. We work daily in courts, legislatures and in the community to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

The American system of government is founded on two counterbalancing principles: that the majority of the people governs, through democratically elected representatives; and that the power even of a democratic majority must be limited, to ensure individual rights.

The ACLU has maintained the position that civil liberties must be respected, even in times of national emergency. The ACLU is supported by annual dues and contributions from more than 500,000 members, plus grants from private foundations and individuals. We do not receive any government funding.