ACLU of Hawaiʻi Disappointed by DOE Response to Title IX Demand Letter

HONOLULU – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai’i Foundation (“ACLU of Hawai’i”) is disappointed by the response the State of Hawai’i Department of Education (“DOE”) provided yesterday to its February 9, 2018 demand letter relating to Title IX violations in DOE schools. The ACLU of Hawai’i demand letter noted that, according to DOE’s 2016 Statewide […]

ACLU of Hawaiʻi issues demand letter to Hawaiʻi Department of Education

ACLU OF HAWAIʻI DEMANDS HAWAIʻI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION END SEX DISCRIMINATION AGAINST FEMALE ATHLETES HONOLULU – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaiʻi Foundation (“ACLU of Hawaiʻi”) has sent a letter to the Hawaiʻi Department of Education (“DOE”) demanding it take immediate action to cease sex discrimination against female athletes in DOE schools. On February 7, […]

ACLU of Hawai‘i Report Shows Current Bail Practices Prioritize Wealth Of The Accused Over Risk To The Community

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: the ACLU of Hawai‘i (“ACLU”) has released a study showing that almost half of the people in Hawai‘i jails are pre-trial detainees who have not been convicted of the crimes for which they’ve been accused. This preliminary report, called “As Much Justice As You Can Afford – Hawaiiʻs Accused Face an Unequal Bail […]

ACLU testimony opposing City Council bills expanding sit/lie bans

“Instead of wasting limited public resources enforcing constitutionally infirm bills—which would likely result in costly lawsuits—without actually reducing the number of unsheltered homeless, the ACLU strongly encourages the City and County of Honolulu to reconsider its proposed approach to homelessness. In particular, to meet its constitutional obligations, the County needs to ensure that sufficient and […]

Op-ed: Looking past the repeal of DACA, the fight for the soul of our country starts at home

We stand with all immigrants and their families in Hawai‘i and across America. The administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a low blow to our communities and values. In a fast rebuke to the decision, Hawai‘i has joined a coalition of 16 states in a lawsuit to protect DACA […]