Since 1965, the ACLU of North Carolina has been our state’s guardian of liberty – working in courts, the General Assembly, and communities to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties for all North Carolinians. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 30,000 members and supporters across the state, the ACLU of North Carolina is a state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union.
Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBTQ people, reforming our broken and racially biased criminal legal system, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, defending freedom of speech and religion, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
The ACLU of North Carolina is composed of two organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, our 501(c)(4) membership organization, and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, our 501(c)(3) organization that coordinates and carries out legal and educational work around civil liberties issues.
The ACLU of North Carolina receives no government funding and does not charge its clients for legal representation. Our work depends entirely on private donations, bequests, and court-awarded legal fees earned in successful cases. We are governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.
- We stand against racist and oppressive systems.
- We purposely center dignity, respect, and compassion for all people – utilizing both holistic and integrated advocacy.
- We pursue radical transparency in service of accountability.
- We value and model equity, inclusivity, and grace.
- We strive for both internal and community sustainability.