Along with our advocacy, legislative, and public education work, litigation remains one of the fundamental tools with which the ACLU of Texas fights for equality and civil rights throughout the Lone Star State. See below for more information on the cases we've brought to the courts.

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Grace v. Sessions

The American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, the ACLU of Texas, and the ACLU of D.C. filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s gutting of asylum protections for immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality.

August 7, 2018 Immigrants' Rights

Booth v. Galveston County, et al.

The ACLU of Texas filed a lawsuit on behalf of people locked in Galveston County Jail because they cannot afford to pay bail, challenging the County’s practice of automatically setting money bail to detain people arrested for misdemeanors and felonies.

April 23, 2018 Smart Justice

Damus v. Department of Homeland Security

The American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, Human Rights First, and Covington & Burling LLP filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s arbitrary detention of asylum seekers fleeing persecution, torture, or death in their countries of origin.

March 15, 2018 Immigrants' Rights

Daves v. Dallas County

This lawsuit challenges Dallas County’s blanket use of pre-set money bail amounts, ordered in closed-door proceedings, to detain people arrested for misdemeanors and felonies. The case was brought by six plaintiffs whom Dallas County automatically jailed under bail amounts they could not afford.

January 19, 2018 Smart Justice

Morrow v. City of Tenaha, et al.

Beginning in 2006, under the guise of looking for criminal activity, the police in Tenaha, Texas stopped, searched, and often seized property from Blacks and Latinos traveling through town with no suspicion of criminal activity.

June 19, 2017 Racial Justice Smart Justice

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