Our fight to create a more perfect union and a better Texas through the protection of civil rights and civil liberties began in the Lone Star State in 1938. Today our five core issue areas are Smart Justice, Immigrants' Rights, LGBTQ Equality, Reproductive Freedom, and Voting Rights. Beyond those key areas of focus, the ACLU of Texas has identified additional issues essential to guarding the civil rights and civil liberties of Texans in the modern age.

Smart Justice

The ACLU of Texas is committed to helping Texas re-envision a criminal legal system that is fair and free of racial bias, keeps our communities safe, and respects the rights of all who come into contact with it.

Immigrants' Rights

The fight for immigrants’ rights is especially important in the Lone Star State. Sixteen percent of our state’s residents are foreign-born, and we share a 1,254 mile border with Mexico.

LGBTQIA+ Equality

The ACLU of Texas is dedicated to securing and defending constitutional and civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) Texans.

Reproductive Freedom

The ACLU of Texas works to ensure that everyone in our great state can make the best decision for themselves and for their family about when and whether to have a child, without undue influence by politicians and special interest groups.

Voting Rights

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest.

Students' Rights

The ACLU of Texas works with teachers, parents, students, and legislators to ensure equality and dignity for all students in Texas, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender identity.

Free Speech

Protecting free speech means protecting a free press, the democratic process, diversity of thought, and so much more. The ACLU has worked since 1920 to ensure that freedom of speech is protected for everyone.

Religion and Belief

The ACLU of Texas strives to safeguard the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty by ensuring that laws and governmental practices neither promote religion nor interfere with its free exercise.

Privacy and Technology

The ACLU of Texas works to expand the right to privacy, increase the control individuals have over their personal information, and ensure civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by technological innovation.