Transparency in government is essential to our democracy. The ACLU of Connecticut has worked to uphold this principle by opposing efforts to undermine Connecticut's Freedom of Information law and demanding government documents to contribute to public discourse. When an Enfield police officer was named in 11 excessive force lawsuits and the town tried to keep the lawsuit settlements secret, we took action before the state Freedom of Information (FOI) Commission and won. When the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs failed to respond adequately to our request for records about military sexual violence, we took them to court and won. By fighting for government transparency, we are working for a stronger democracy.

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