People all across the Commonwealth of Virginia are feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it is especially important to protect people who are most at risk, such as people who are incarcerated, people with disabilities, and immigrants. The ACLU of Virginia's physical office is closed, but we are working remotely to advocate for constitutional government responses to the pandemic, which should be based on good science and the best expert advice.
In this uncertain moment, it’s more important than ever for us to take necessary precautions and pull together with kindness, care and concern for the common good. We count on all of you to act in the public interest in ways that help ensure that this crisis is resolved as soon as possible and join us in advocating against discrimination and government overreach that limits our civil liberties in ways that are not essential to protect public health and safety. To that purpose, we created a virtual hotline, firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 803-3566, for the public to report any violations of people's civil rights related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay safe, stay vigilant, and stay in touch with us!
Along with our partners, community advocates, public defenders and many others, we are taking actions to:
Protect the life and health of incarcerated people.
Reduce the number of people who are unnecessarily jailed and incarcerated.
Ensure that people are able to exercise their right to vote while practicing social distancing, isolation or self-quarantine.
We will upload resources and updates to this page to keep you informed on our collective efforts. You can be an agent of change during this pandemic. We hope you will continue to stand with us and be a champion in your own community.
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- ACLU of Virginia Takes Legal Actions To Curb COVID-19 Spread in Correctional Facilities
- ACLU Calls on State Officials and Bureau of Prisons to Collect and Release COVID-19 Demographic Data
- ACLU Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging Virginia Witness Requirement That Puts Voters at Risk During COVID-19 Pandemic.
- ACLU of Virginia Offers Recommendations on Voting during COVID-19 Pandemic
- ACLU of Virginia Sends COVID-19 Executive Guidance For Criminal Legal System
- ACLU of Virginia Launches COVID-19 Email Hotline To Monitor Civil Liberties Issues
- ACLU-VA Urges Virginia Prisons, Jails and Detention Centers to Protect People from COVID-19
- Common Civil Rights Issues Virginians Are Facing During COVID-19
- We Can and Should Maintain Our Right to Privacy in the Time of COVID-19
- Virginia must stop exploiting people in prison
- Prisons and Jails are Petri Dishes for Viral Diseases. Inaction Could Mean a Death Sentence.
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- What Virginia needs to do now to protect your vote during the pandemic
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- A Letter to Our Supporters about COVID-19