Leadership transition at local ACLU planned for 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Hawai‘i announced today that its long-time executive director, Vanessa Chong, will be retiring early 2018. Chong became the organization’s executive director in 1984 and first joined its staff in 1981. ACLU of Hawai`i Board President Barbara Ankersmit said “Vanessa is leaving us a vital and strong organization and […]

Disability discrimination at Honolulu International Airport leads to complaint against US Customs and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Prisons

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaiʻi Foundation (“ACLU”) has filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on behalf of a deaf tourist from Japan who was illegally denied access to effective communication during hours of interrogation and detention. M., who wishes […]

State and Counties urged to put Hawaii’s values, communities, and Constitution first: refuse involvement with Trump’s immigration policies

ACLU warns the Counties and State of Hawaiʻi of significant risks associated with being part of Trump’s deportation force State of Hawai‘i letter Honolulu City Council letter Kaua‘i County letter Maui County letter Hawai‘i County letter Honolulu, Hawai‘i: In the face of growing Federal pressure for local law enforcement to get drafted in Trump’s deportation […]

Legislative program mid-session report now online

https://acluhi.org/2017-mid-session-report/ As of Thursday, March 9, 2017, the Hawai’i State Legislature reached First Crossover—the deadline for bills to pass Third Reading and move over to the Second House. It is also the last day for a final vote to be taken on a measure in the house of origin. A few of ACLU of Hawaii’s […]

Court Blocks Trump’s New Muslim Ban

HONOLULU — A federal court in Hawai‘i has temporarily blocked President Trump’s new Muslim ban executive order before it was set to take effect one minute after midnight. In another challenge, the American Civil Liberties Union and partner organizations were in U.S District Court in Maryland today also asking the ban be halted. Omar Jadwat, […]