Have your civil rights or civil liberties been violated?

UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus, the ACLU of Massachusetts is NOT receiving in-person requests for legal assistance until further notice.

Please email legalhelp@aclum.org or see below for alternate ways to contact us. Thank you for your understanding as we all work to try to slow the spread of the virus.

The ACLU of Massachusetts works to preserve and protect the civil liberties and civil rights guaranteed by the U.S. and Massachusetts Constitutions and laws.

We work on issues such as freedom of speech and press; privacy; freedom of religion and separation of church and state; immigration; police misconduct; criminal justice reform; discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, or disability; access to government documents and officials; and other issues of fair treatment by government.

We generally do not represent individuals unless an individual case creates an opportunity for law reform on an issue that is an ACLU of Massachusetts priority. We do our best, however, to provide referrals to other attorneys or organizations that may provide individual representation.

And we are very interested in hearing about civil rights or civil liberties issues in Massachusetts. Learning about these experiences helps us set priority areas for our advocacy in the courts, in the Legislature, and in the community.

Here's how to contact us if you have a civil rights or civil liberties issue to bring to our attention: 

  • PHONE: You may call the ACLUM offices (617-482-3170 ext. 301) and speak to a front desk volunteer or leave a message with your name, telephone number and email address, if any, and someone will call you back, hopefully within a few days. When leaving a message please speak slowly and clearly so that we can understand.
  • EMAIL: You may send an email to legalhelp@aclum.org. Please include your name, telephone number, email address and a brief description of the legal problem you have and someone will contact you for additional information or to provide referrals. 
  • FAX: You may fax a letter explaining the issue to 617-451-0009.
  • MAIL: You may mail a letter to: ACLU of Massachusetts, Attn: Legal Information and Referral, 211 Congress Street, 3rd Floor Boston, MA 02110

Our office only handles matters arising in Massachusetts. If you live in another state, you can find your local ACLU affiliate at https://www.aclu.org/affiliates.

NOTE: We do not accept walk-ins on Fridays.