Free Speech

The ACLU of Iowa is continuing its long proud history of defending the right of everyone to free speech and expression, regardless of their viewpoints.

Open Government

The ACLU of Iowa works with community members and others to assure open government with the greatest transparency possible.

Religious Freedom

The ACLU of Iowa supports the First Amendment right to freely exercise religious beliefs without government restraint and to make sure the government does not endorse any particular religion.

Criminal Justice Reform

The ACLU of Iowa is committed to working to create an Iowa criminal justice system that is free of racial bias, keeps our communities safe, and is fair to all who come in contact with it.

Racial Justice

We are working for an Iowa where all people, regardless of the color of their skin, are treated fairly and given equal opportunity in schools, the courts, by law enforcement, and in their communities.

Immigrants’ Rights

The ACLU of Iowa is committed to making sure that all people—regardless of race, ethnicity, country of origin, or immigration status—are treated fairly under the law.

LGBTQ Rights

The ACLU of Iowa works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals can fully exercise their rights under the U.S. and Iowa Constitutions and live openly without discrimination.

Student Rights

Students have constitutional rights, too. The ACLU of Iowa defends young peoples' free speech and expression, religious freedom, reproductive freedom, privacy, freedom from unreasonable searches or seizures, and equal protection. It safeguards against bullying and other discriminatory treatment.

Women’s Rights/Gender Equality

The ACLU of Iowa works to secure women's rights and to reform institutions and systems that perpetuate discrimination and gender inequality.

Reproductive Freedom

Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the ACLU of Iowa strives to ensure that our government respects and supports reproductive rights for all.

Voting Rights

Protecting the voting rights of Iowans is one of the most important things the ACLU of Iowa does.

Privacy and Surveillance

The ACLU of Iowa is deeply concerned about intrusive government surveillance and tracking. We work in the courts and in the legislature to protect the privacy of all Iowans.


The ACLU of Iowa also advocates on a number of other issues.

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