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ACLU of Virginia challenges governor to sign legislation providing real privacy protection

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia on Wednesday challenged the Governor to sign the stronger of two bills addressing government surveillance that have been returned to him by the legislature.


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ACLU of Virginia commends action on voter ID bill

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia commended the General Assembly for sustaining Governor McAuliffe’s veto of HB 1318, a bill that would have added another barrier to the polls by requiring qualified, registered, and eligible absentee voters to provide proof of valid photo ID by mail.


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ACLU commends General Assembly on drone vote

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today commended the General Assembly’s vote to reject Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to bi-partisan privacy legislation that unanimously passed during the 2015 General Assembly session.


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ACLU denounces vote on asset forfeiture

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today condemned the Senate for failing to adopt Governor McAuliffe’s amendment to SB 721 that would have ensured that a person’s property could not be forfeited to the government without a criminal conviction.


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ACLU of Virginia urges legislators to support governor’s amendment to asset forfeiture bill

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today thanked the Governor for proposing and urged the legislature to accept an amendment to SB 721 that requires a criminal conviction before a person’s private property can be forfeited to the Commonwealth.


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ACLU of Virginia denounces Fourth Circuit Court decision on solitary confinement case

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today condemned the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision holding that automatic solitary confinement of death row inmates does not violate the Constitution.


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ACLU applauds House passage of bill changing asset forfeiture law

In a press conference hosted Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia and the office of Delegate Mark Cole of Spotsylvania County, the organization congratulated the Virginia House of Delegates for passage of a bill that would require a criminal conviction in asset forfeiture cases.


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ACLU celebrates new procedures on birth certificates for children of married, same-sex couples

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia welcomes action taken by Janet M. Rainey, Virginia’s Registrar for Vital Records, to ensure that the children of same sex married couples have the legal protection of two officially recognized parents just like children of opposite sex married couples.


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ACLU of Virginia applauds attorney general opinion on ICE detainer requests

Attorney General Mark Herring issued an opinion today concluding that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests seek voluntary action by sheriffs, corrections staff, and jail authorities, and, as such, cannot be used to deny someone their liberty.


ACLU encourages Gloucester schools to reject transgender bathroom policy

The ACLU sent a letter this week to the Gloucester County School Board urging it to reject a proposed policy that would limit school restrooms and locker rooms to “the corresponding biological genders.”


ACLU urges Crime Commission to stop the criminalization of teenage sexting

The ACLU of Virginia released a letter it sent to members of the Virginia State Crime Commission recommending against any legislation to criminalize teenage sexting.


ACLU applauds Chesterfield County decision to stop honoring warrantles ICE requests

Today, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office became the first county in Virginia to make public that it has stopped honoring ICE detainer requests not accompanied by a warrant.


ACLU: Lack of photo ID should not prevent you from being able to vote

The ACLU of Virginia is encouraging all registered voters to visit the polls this Election Day (Tuesday, November 4) and cast a ballot, even if they lack photo ID.


ACLU of Virginia to monitor polls on Election Day

The ACLU of Virginia will be monitoring the polls this Election Day to ensure that all Virginians who are registered to vote are able to exercise their right, freely and without hindrance.


ACLU of Virginia statement on Prieto v. Clarke case

American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia Legal Director Rebecca Glenberg issued a statement commenting on Prieto v. Clarke, a case heard today in the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


ACLU warns Virginia law enforcement about ICE detainers

Today the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia made public a letter it sent earlier this month to Virginia’s sheriffs, local and regional jail authorities, and adult and juvenile corrections officials asking these officials to deny future requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep people in custody who otherwise are free to be released.


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ACLU of Virginia announces new board, staff

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia is pleased to announce the election of new officers and members to its Board of Directors and the addition of its Tony Dunn Legal Fellow.


ACLU urges Virginia AG not to gut drone moratorium

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia today released a letter mailed to Attorney General Mark Herring regarding a pending request from the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Wise County/City of Norton for an official opinion that would create an exception to Virginia’s drone moratorium law.


ACLU supports President Obama’s non-discrimination executive order

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia today expressed strong support for President Obama’s decision to amend existing federal Executive Orders to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors and the federal government.


ACLU statement on Riley v. California Supreme Court decision

American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga issued a statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Riley v. California.