One of the main ways the ACLU of Illinois works to protect civil liberties and civil rights is through litigation. Litigation remains one of the fundamental tools with which our adept legal team fights for equality and civil rights throughout the state.  This section of our website documents the cases we’re working on now and those we’ve handled in recent years.

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Hobby Lobby v. Sommerville

In December 2020, the LGBTQ & HIV Project, WRRP, and private law firm Latham & Watkins collaborated on an amicus brief for a landmark transgender rights case in Illinois.

December 22, 2020

Iglesias v. Federal Bureau of Prisons

We represent Cristina Nichole Iglesias – a woman in federal custody – who has been denied critical medical care, raped, physically and sexually abused, and even held hostage while housed in facilities for men. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has recognized that Ms.

September 28, 2020 LGBTQ and HIV Advocacy

Medical Privacy During COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, law enforcement agencies and other first responders across Illinois have sought to pierce the shield of privacy around personal medical information, specifically asking for lists of the names and addresses of people in our

May 20, 2020

Chicago v. Fulton

An unprecedented rise in civil and criminal fines and fees over the past three decades has propelled people into bankruptcy.

March 11, 2020