The ACLU of Michigan files lawsuits that impact people’s rights by setting a legal precedent, or affecting the policies and actions of public officials. Our current Fall 2019 Legal Docket details our legal cases and actions taken in 2018 - 2019. You may also view our past legal dockets here.

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The ACLU of Michigan files lawsuits that impact people’s rights by setting a legal precedent, or affecting the policies and actions of public officials.

September 25, 2019

Taxpayer Money Appropriated for Private Schools

For nearly fifty years, Michigan’s Constitution has strictly prohibited taxpayer funding of private and religious schools. However, in 2016 the legislature appropriated $2.5 million to “reimburse” private and parochial schools for complying with mandates that all schools in Michigan must abide by

August 19, 2019 Religious Liberty Student Rights

Iraqis Face Torture or Death if Deported: Hamama v. Adducci

The ACLU sued ICE in June 2017 on behalf of Iraqi residents and their families in the U.S., after ICE agents arrested more than 100 Iraqi nationals without warning — including many who came to the U.S. as children and who’ve lived in the U.S. for decades — in raids throughout Metro Detroit.

November 20, 2018 Immigrants' Rights

Emergency Manager Law

Public Act 436 gives unelected “emergency managers” sweeping, far-reaching powers to displace or in some cases even dissolve local governments and school districts.  A coalition of civil rights groups challenged the law in federal court, and the state filed a motion to dismiss. 

October 22, 2018 Voting Rights

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