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, and responses to any requests sent by mail will be substantially delayed.

To request legal assistance, please email legalhelp@aclum.org or call us at the number below. Thank you for your understanding as we all work to try to slow the spread of the virus.

ACTUALIZACION : Debido a el Coronavirus, ACLU de Massachusetts no esta recibiendo consultas en persona para ayuda legal hasta nuevo aviso. Las respuestas a consultas hechas por medio de correo tendrán un atraso substancial. 

Para solicitar asistencia legal, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a legalhelp@aclum.org o llame al numero que aparece abajo. Gracias por su comprensión mientras todos trabajamos intentando detener la propagación del 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 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.
  • MAIL: You may mail a letter to: ACLU of Massachusetts, Attn: Legal Information and Referral, 211 Congress Street, 3rd Floor Boston, MA 02110. As noted above, however, we will not be able to respond promptly to requests received by mail.

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.