Upholding the Constitution during mass demonstrations in Hawai‘i

The ACLU of Hawaiʻi always monitors developments regarding protests and law enforcement actions during these protests. This includes the protests happening around telescopes on Haleakalā and Mauna Kea. Anyone whose rights have been violated can contact our office with reports, complaints, etc. We are a private non-profit government watchdog. All reports are confidential. To make […]

Breaking: ACLU & allies file brief supporting Hawai‘i challenge to Muslim ban implentation

Read the amicus curiae (“Friend of the Court”) brief: https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/297-1_0.pdf Read more about the issue: https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/governments-muslim-ban-guidance-arbitrary-illogical-and-discriminatory-just-ban We are standing with International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) and HIAS to fight the arbitrary rules the government has tried to impose and ensure that it complies with the Supreme Court’s ruling.  

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 […]