ACLU OF HAWAI‘I AND LAWYERS FOR EQUAL JUSTICE FILE AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING PUBLIC DEFENDER’S PETITION TO RELEASE INCARCERATED PEOPLE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: Last week, the Hawai‘i Office of the Public Defender filed two petitions asking the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court to, among other things, appoint a special master to consider the humanitarian release during the escalating COVID-19 crisis of certain people in jail and prison, such as those sentenced to probation but still serving time in […]

ACLU OF HAWAI‘I SENDS LETTER TO POLICE CHIEFS OFFERING GUIDANCE ON BALANCING COVID-19-RELATED MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS WITH CIVIL LIBERTIES

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: On Friday, March 27, 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (“ACLU of Hawai‘I”) sent a letter to the four police chiefs for the state of Hawai‘i — City and County of Honolulu Chief Susan Ballard, County of Hawai‘i Chief Paul Ferreira, County of Maui Chief Tivoli Faaumu, and County of Kaua‘i […]

A letter to our supporters about COVID-19

To our donors, members, and supporters: In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic now spreading through the United States and most of the world, we have closed our physical office temporarily and are continuing our work remotely. As much as we love our work and seeing our colleagues every day, the health and safety of […]

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FILE SUPREME COURT AMICUS BRIEF IN DEFENSE OF SPEECH AND PRIVACY RIGHTS OF PEOPLE ENGAGING IN POLITICAL ADVOCACY

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: On Friday, March 20, 2020, three nonprofit organizations — the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (“ACLU of Hawai‘i”), the Japanese American Citizens League, Honolulu Chapter (“JACL Honolulu”), and the Iwamoto Family Foundation (“IFF”) — filed an amicus brief in the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court in defense of the speech and privacy rights of people […]

CDC GUIDANCE IS TO NOT CLEAR HOUSELESS ENCAMPMENTS DURING SPREAD OF COVID-19

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: Following up on the press release we sent out last week, we received a copy from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. We are told this guidance will soon be posted on the CDC website. Among other things, the guidance clearly states: Unless individual housing units are available, do not clear encampments during community […]