ACLU Foundation of Texas

Join us for a Texas you can believe in.

aka ACLU of Texas   |   Houston, TX   |  http://www.aclutx.org

Mission

The ACLU of Texas is the unyielding guardian and promoter of freedom, justice, equality and dignity of all people, particularly for those who are still fighting to secure the full exercise of their civil rights and liberties.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Oni K. Blair

Main address

P.O. Box 8306

Houston, TX 77288 USA

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EIN

76-0343171

NTEE code info

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

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Our programs

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Voting Rights

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. Despite this, politicians in Texas and across the country continue to engage in voter suppression efforts that include additional obstacles to registration, cutbacks on early voting, and strict voter identification requirements. Through litigation and advocacy, the ACLU of Texas is fighting back against attempts to curtail an essential right in our democracy, the right to vote.

​In addition to this work, we also advocate for policies that make it easier for Texans to vote, such as the expansion of same-day and online voter registration, and provide resources to empower eligible Texans to make their voices heard in our democracy.

Population(s) Served

The ACLU of Texas is dedicated to securing and defending constitutional and civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Texans.

LGBTQ Texans lack the most basic protections against discrimination under state law. Many LGBTQ Texans — including especially vulnerable groups like LGBTQ Texans of color, transgender Texans, and LGBTQ Texas youth — face workplace discrimination, housing discrimination, health care discrimination, bullying, and violence because of their identity.

We are committed to securing protections for these vulnerable groups by fighting for LGBTQ equality in Texas schools, courts, city council chambers, and at the state legislature.

Population(s) Served

The ACLU of Texas is committed to helping Texas re-envision a criminal legal system that is fair and free of racial bias, keeps our communities safe, and respects the rights of all who come into contact with it.

Texas has the fourth highest incarceration rate in the country, and many prisoners are locked up for non-violent offenses like drug possession. Incarcerating people is very expensive. Texas has an annual corrections budget of about $3 billion. That money could be better spent on education and programs to improve our communities.

We are committed to reducing the number Texans who are incarcerated and shrinking the footprint of the criminal legal system by seeking reforms in policing, reducing the number of Texans held in pre-trial detention, and seeking changes to overly harsh sentencing that have overcrowded our state’s prisons.

Population(s) Served

The fight for immigrants’ rights is especially important in the Lone Star State. Sixteen percent of our state’s residents are foreign-born, and we share a 1,254 mile border with Mexico. That border and the Texas communities along it are the location where many of the anti-immigrant policies, militarization, and overpolicing that have defined US immigration policies are enacted. Texas is thus a critical front in the national battle for immigrants’ rights in our country.

Immigrants in Texas have always been an important part of our state’s history, culture, and economy — but immigrant communities continue to be profiled, harassed, detained, and demonized by extremist politicians and the militarized law enforcement agencies they control. We at the ACLU of Texas are committed to defending those rights in courtrooms, at the state legislature, and in communities large and small throughout the state.

Population(s) Served

The ACLU of Texas works to ensure that everyone in our great state can make the best decision for themselves and for their family about when and whether to have a child, without undue influence by politicians and special interest groups.

The decision to have an abortion is deeply personal, and is best left to the individual person, their family, and their doctor. But in spite of the constitutional guarantee to safe, legal abortion services established by Roe v. Wade in 1973, extremist politicians in the Texas legislature and in Texas cities have worked to render abortion services inaccessible to as many Texans as possible.

Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed today, and it’s incredibly safe. We must fight back against laws that make it difficult if not impossible for Texans to get an abortion if they need one.

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Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Civil Liberties Union 1938

How we listen

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ACLU Foundation of Texas

Board of directors
as of 7/20/2021
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Board chair

Ranjana Natarajan

Kurt Schwarz

James Aldrete

Susan C. Young

Madan Goyal

MaryScott Hagle

Lee Henderson

Charles MarLett

Paul Asofsky

Nancy Friedman

Stephen Amberg

Ricardo de Anda

Sahar Aziz

Lydia Camarillo

Carla Holeva

Reggie James

Annette Lamoreaux

Ranjana Natarajan

Maria Ramos

Alec Rhodes

Michael Wyatt

Craig Jackson

Gilberto Hinojosa

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/20/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.