Author Archives: Stina Va

Gender Health in Foster Care (AB 2119)

Transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) youth are significantly overrepresented in California’s foster care system. Unfortunately, some personnel, caregivers, and providers harbor the same biases and misinformation that jeopardize these young people in their families and communities, subjecting them to unstable…

Justice Never Sleeps… and Neither Do We (Kind of)

By: Natasha Minsker Updated September 17, 2018 Last year, we celebrated significant legislative victories in California. The ACLU, our supporters, and our allies all worked together to pass legislation to protect California immigrants from the Trump administration’s racist deportation agenda…

California Legislature Approves Historic Bill to Prevent Wrongful Convictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2018 Contact: Daisy Vieyra, 916-824-3266 SACRAMENTO–Today, the California Assembly approved legislation that will help prevent wrongful convictions. Senate Bill 923, introduced by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), will ensure that law enforcement agencies throughout the…

California Passes Landmark Police Transparency and Accountability Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2018 Contact: Daisy Vieyra, 916-824-3266 SB 1421 will restore Californians’ right to know whether and how departments investigate and hold accountable officers who use force, plant evidence or sexually assault civilians. SACRAMENTO – Today, the…

Keep Kids in School Act (SB 607)

All students have the right to a quality education regardless of who they are or what they look like. But a 2017 study by UCLA found that California students lost over 250,000 days of instruction because of disruption/defiance suspensions during…