Youth Rights

Young people are NOT second class citizens

Protecting the rights of young people

Young people have nearly the same rights as adults, with very few exceptions. Minors don’t enjoy the full protection of the Bill of Rights—you still have to listen to your parents, and for the most part, do what they say; obey the law; go to school; etc. But you are still protected by the Bill of Rights, and the older you get, the more it protects you.

We protect the rights of young people by defending their freedom of expression and association, protecting their freedom to learn and to weigh controversial ideas, working to guarantee equal access to education, ensuring fair treatment in disciplinary actions, challenging restrictive curfews, and fighting for fair and age-appropriate treatment by the justice system.

The San Diego ACLU runs a program called Youth Activists for Change, which seeks to empower high school youth to become civically engaged by building their community organizing skills and increasing their political awareness.

Students learn about immigrant rights, racial justice, LGBTQIA rights, student rights, civic engagement, and much more. Contact our Youth Organizer for details on how to get involved!


Local activists will join other DACA recipients to appeal to Congress for immediate action.

San Diego Dreamers Head to Washington to Push for Passage of the Dream Act

SAN DIEGO — Nine Dreamers from San Diego went to Washington, D.C. on Monday to  join with other DACA recipients from across the country to urge House and Senate lawmakers to pass a clean Dream Act before the end of... Read More

Immigrant Rights

Leading Civil Rights Organizations Settle Discrimination Lawsuit Against the City of Escondido

SAN DIEGO – The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, Brancart & Brancart, Cooley LLP and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are pleased to announce they reached a settlement with the City of... Read More


In California, We the People Can Protect Our Values and Each Other

By Becca Cramer California is known for being a leader in protecting the rights of LGBTQ people, women, people of color, immigrants, and other marginalized communities. And while we already have great laws in place,... Read More


SDACLU Demands Public Records Proving Charter School Did Not Discriminate Against Transgender Student

SAN DIEGO, CA - The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties (“ACLU-SDIC”) filed suit in California Superior Court yesterday against e3 Civic High School (“e3”), a charter school located in the downtown San... Read More


SDACLU November 2016 Voter Guide

There's a lot at stake in this election. Besides electing our future leaders, Californians will vote on statewide initiatives that will strongly impact our civil liberties and civil rights.  While the American... Read More