ACLU FOUNDATION OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES INC

San Diego, CA   |  www.aclusandiego.org

Mission

The ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties fights for individual rights and fundamental freedoms for all through education, community engagement, litigation, and policy advocacy.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Ms. Norma Chavez-Peterson

Deputy Director

Mr. Jeffrey M Wergeles

Main address

PO Box 87131

San Diego, CA 92138 USA

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EIN

33-0325791

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Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

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Border Litigation Project

To make America's border agencies more accountable to the laws that protect us all, the San Diego ACLU, along with our sister affiliate, the ACLU of Arizona, created the Border Litigation Project to address the root causes of abuse at the border - lax legal standards, lack of accountability and oversight, and a culture that has tolerated impunity for misconduct. BLP investigates, documents, and litigates civil and human rights cases along the U.S.-Mexican border, which have escalated with Congress' dramatic increase in money and build-up of personnel, akin to a military operation, along our southern border.

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Working to insure that all people in the US are afforded the legal protections enshrined in the US Constitution.

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Working to fix our broken criminal justice system through community engagement, policy advocacy, and litigation. Areas of focus include, reforming the bail system, finding alternatives to incarceration through expanding access to healthcare, insuring prosecutorial accountability, insuring police accountability, reducing mass incarceration, reforming drug laws and how we prosecute drug offensives.

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The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties is committed to advancing equity by advocating with impacted communities for fairness and justice in the creation and allocation of essential resources such as housing, employment, wages, health care, education, public infrastructure, and environmental quality.

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THE FOUNDATION FIGHTS FOR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS FOR ALL. THE FOUNDATION'S ACTIVITIES INCLUDE FOSTERING, PROTECTING, EXTENDING AND OBTAINING CIVIL LIBERTY RIGHTS THROUGH PUBLIC EDUCATION, LITIGATION, RESEARCH AND OTHER ACTION.

We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that reaches out to and represents anyone whose fundamental freedoms have been violated. We are the largest organization defending civil rights and civil liberties in the world.

The ACLU protects American values and preserves American freedoms. Our job is to conserve America’s civic values – as expressed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights – and defend these rights even when its unpopular to do so.

Protecting the freedoms of those with whom the majority disagrees or despises is the only way to keep those precious rights alive for future generations. Sticking up for the little guy is fundamental to preserving the integrity of our democracy.

The ACLU’s work is sustained by more than 500,000 members and supporters who play an active role in defending freedom.

Nearly 200 ACLU staff attorneys and thousands of volunteer attorneys handle thousands of civil liberties cases every year.

Our legislative advocates are a constant presence on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures working on civil liberties issues.

The ACLU has staffed offices in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

In California, three affiliates based in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and here in San Diego coordinate our work under the banner of the ACLU of California. Together, we have more than 130 staff members, 8 offices, including a legislative lobbying arm in Sacramento, and statewide issues-based projects on criminal justice reform, education equity, immigration reform, LGBT equality, privacy and technology, reproductive justice, and voting rights.

What does it mean to protect and defend fundamental freedoms for all? Here are just a few areas where the ACLU works hard to preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to everyone in this country:

Religious Freedom For All. Religious freedom is the right to practice the religion of one’s choice or no religion at all. The First Amendment protects religious freedom by keeping religion free from government interference or coercion.

ACLU’s representation of the religious beliefs of Christians and non-Christians.

The American Flag. Our defense of free speech has included all kinds of speech, including the right of people to display the American flag. This may come to the surprise of some commentators, as blogger Conor Friedersdorf points out.

Defending Conservatives. Although our work to expand fair and equal treatment of the law to all—including women, African Americans, Latinos, lesbian, gay, and transgender people, and others—has led to the perception that the ACLU is liberal, we have stood up in countless cases for the rights of political conservatives, including such prominent figures as Rush Limbaugh, Oliver North, and Senator Larry Craig.

LGBT Rights. Tom Homann, San Diego’s LGBT champion and corollary to Harvey Milk, declared, “Locally, there is virtually no other organization that has consistently litigated the whole range of gay and lesbian issues and supported our cause whenever we needed help, other than the ACLU…In San Diego, the ACLU has been the only story in town as far as legal action to protect our rights.”

Immigrants’ Rights. As during other times in our nation’s history, the United States is in a major debate over immigrants and their place in our economic and political life. While the Bill of Rights doesn’t grant foreigners the right to enter the United States, once they are here, they’re entitled to certain broad constitutional protections.

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ACLU FOUNDATION OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES INC

Board of directors
as of 1/9/2020
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Board chair

Mr. Jeff Chinn

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Greg Rose

Deborah Fritsch

Warner Broadus

InnovaCounsel

Andy Zlotnik

Zlotnik Law

Mark Adams

Law Offices of Mark Adams

Nasser Barghouti

Objectiva Software Solutions

Jeff Chinn

Udoka Nwana

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Madison Shockley

Pilgrim United Church of Christ

Leticia Cazares

Octavio Aguilar

Frances Beope

Carl Crider

Crider & Associates

Amber Cyphers Stephens

San Diego LGBT Community Center

David Gangsei

Robert Goldstein

Beth Herman

Bob Isaacson

Rimah Khouri

City of San Diego

Kwofi Reed

LISC San Diego

Andrea Skorepa

Pat Wilson