What is the ACLU and what does it do?

The ACLU is a private, non-profit membership organization. Our mission is to preserve and protect the civil liberties and civil rights guaranteed by the U. S. and Arkansas Constitutions, especially the principles contained in the Bill of Rights. 

Our legal work focuses on government actors, agencies, offices, laws, and policies that violate the Constitutional rights of Arkansans and civil rights violations by private actors.  

Among the issues we work on are freedom of speech, freedom of religion, government-sponsored religious activities, privacy, discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation or disability, police misconduct, censorship in schools or libraries, students’ rights, workplace privacy, access to government documents, and other issues of fair treatment by the government. In general we do NOT assist in: criminal cases and appeals, wrongful convictions, divorce or child custody issues, wills, or complaints about lawyers.

 We receive thousands of requests for assistance each year and are able to provide direct legal representation to a small number of clients each year. We do not provide emergency services or dispense general legal advice.  We only give advice and services to those persons with whom we enter into a written agreement for representation.  All requests for legal assistance must be submitted in writing.  In-person interviews are generally not possible and we do not accept walk-ins. 

Please do not send original documents to us they will not be returned.

 Don’t want to use the webpage?

1 - Fill out the online complaint form below and submit it to us online, or

2 - Print out the printable complaint form and mail the completed form to us, or

3 - Mail us a letter: ACLU of Arkansas- Intake, 904 West 2nd Street, Suite 1, Little Rock, AR 72201.


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