The ACLU is a private, non-profit membership organization. Our mission is to preserve and protect the civil liberties and civil rights guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution, especially the principles contained in the Bill of Rights.

Among the issues we work on are freedom of speech, freedom of religion, government-sponsored religious activities, privacy, discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation or disability, police misconduct, censorship in schools or libraries, fairness in application of school discipline, workplace privacy, access to government documents, inhumane jail and prison conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.

In general, we do not handle cases that involve such things as evictions, landlord-tenant disputes, general disputes between employees and employers (for example, disputes centering on wages and hours), criminal prosecutions, divorce, child custody, or wills.

The ACLU is neither a government agency nor a general legal services organization, and we normally do not provide emergency services. We have limited resources and staff and are unable to pursue every case that comes to our attention. All requests for legal assistance must be submitted in writing. We do not do in-person interviews and we do not accept walk-ins.

When the ACLU of Florida chooses to take on a case, those legal services are free.  We never ask for money from you for services we provide.  If you have been in contact with anyone who requests payment for ACLU services, please contact us at Assistance as that request is not authorized by the ACLU of Florida.   


If you believe your rights have been violated and would like to receive help from the ACLU of Florida, please click here to fill out our online complaint form. If you prefer to submit this information in Spanish, click here.


If you need assistance with another issue, or if the ACLU is unable to assist you, you may wish to consult the ACLU of Florida’s Suggested Assistance Contact List for information on how to get other help. If you need information in Spanish, click here.


We only accept complaints regarding civil liberties violations that occurred in Florida. If you are seeking assistance for a problem that occurred in another state, please click here for a national directory of ACLU offices.

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