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 2021 Legal Docket details our legal cases and actions taken in 2020-2021.

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Transgender Inmate Held in Solitary Confinement

Claire Mercer is a transgender woman who was sentenced to serve time in the Mason County Jail in March 2019.  When jail officials learned she was transgender, they immediately placed her in solitary confinement, not because there had been threats to her safety, but because the jail ha

October 19, 2021

Stuck on the No Fly List

Ahmed Chebli is a United States citizen of Lebanese descent and father of two young children who lives in Dearborn.  In 2018 FBI agents approached him, suggested that he knew people who were involved in terrorist activity, and demanded that he become a government informant against peo

October 19, 2021

State Constitutional Violations by Unemployment Agency

Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency relied on a flawed computer program to falsely accuse thousands of citizens of insurance fraud and wrongfully eliminate their unemployment benefits, all the while providing little recourse for them to challenge these determinations and sending

October 19, 2021

Homeless Encampment Evictions in Detroit

In June 2020, after learning that the City of Detroit displaced more than 40 unhoused individuals from encampments around the city, the ACLU of Michigan along with the National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty, Street Democracy, and students from Street Medicine units at Wayne State

October 19, 2021

Assisted Reproductive Technology

For many lesbian couples, assisted reproductive technology allows one mom to be the genetic parent and the other mom to carry and give birth to the child.  Kyresha LeFever and Lanesha Matthews were one such couple.  However, when the couple split up and their custody case went to cour

October 19, 2021

Immigration Agents Searching Greyhound Buses

The Greyhound bus company allows federal agents from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to board its buses and ask passengers for their “papers” even when CBP has no warrant, no probable cause, and no specific person they’re looking for.  In one widely publicized incident, CBP boarde

October 19, 2021