The ACLU Foundation of Connecticut handles legal cases that involve infringements upon people’s civil rights and civil liberties. We represent individual people or classes of people whose cases will either serve to create new legal precedent or will result in general system-wide change in favor of protecting and defending civil rights and civil liberties. We file lawsuits, and we file amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs addressing civil liberties issues in cases initiated by others. All of our legal work is on a pro bono basis; we never charge for our legal services. You can learn more about requesting legal assistance from the ACLU of Connecticut here.


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SIG Sauer, Inc. v. Bagnell (amicus brief)

The national ACLU, ACLU Foundation of CT, and ACLU of New Hampshire filed a friend of the court brief arguing that a firearms manufacturer's request for a Connecticut attorney's video to be hidden violates the First Amendment right to free speech.

November 15, 2022 Free Speech

Town of Avon v. Sastre

The town of Avon has spent thousands of dollars trying to keep secret a log of alleged sexual harassment by the chief of police. The ACLU Foundation of Connecticut and local attorney J.R. Sastre are fighting for transparency.

November 15, 2022

Beatty v Lamont

In a federal class-action lawsuit filed on March 14, 2022 on behalf of more than 30,000 people, two state residents are suing Governor Ned Lamont and Attorney General William Tong to eliminate Connecticut’s prison debt law.

March 14, 2022 Criminal Justice

Massimino v Benoit

In public spaces where you are lawfully present, you have the right to capture any image that is in plain view. That includes taking pictures and videos of government buildings, transportation facilities (including airports), and police officers.

August 24, 2021 Free Speech