The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Since our founding in 1920, the nonprofit, nonpartisan ACLU has grown from a roomful of civil liberties activists to an organization of over 1.84 million members, with offices in almost every state.
The ACLU of Florida, with headquarters in Miami, is the state affiliate of the national organization. Chartered in 1965, the ACLU of Florida operates with four offices throughout the state, and 33 staff members.
The ACLU of Florida has a permanent presence in Orlando, where our Organizing Manager is located to coordinate advocacy efforts across the state, and in Tallahassee where our Legislative Counsel works to ensure Florida lawmakers do not pass anti-civil liberties bills that violate the rights of all Floridians. Other regional offices are located in: Jacksonville, Pensacola and Tampa.
With more than 130,000 members and supporters across Florida, the ACLU is funded entirely with private donations, foundation grants, court-awarded legal fees and membership dues. We do not receive any government funding. Annual membership dues are $35 for an individual. Students and others on limited incomes may join for $5.
The ACLU is comprised of two organizations, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Learn more about the differences between the two organizations.