Along with our advocacy, legislative, and public education work, litigation remains one of the fundamental tools with which the ACLU of Minnesota fights for equality and civil rights throughout the state. See below for more information on the cases we've brought to the courts.

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Esqueda v. Pompeo


VICTORY! We reached a settlement with the U.S. government signed late Friday, July 12, that acknowledges Mark Esqueda is a U.S. citizen, he was born in Texas, and he can finally get a passport. The Minnesota veteran served in two wars.

May 9, 2019

State v. Berger


WON! The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Jan. 7, 2019, overturned the conviction of a man who peacefully protested against police violence on I-94, following the shooting death of Philando Castile.

January 7, 2019

Esparza et al vs Nobles County

The lawsuit alleges that Sheriff Kent Wilkening and Nobles County are violating Minnesota law by refusing to release people from custody when they attempt to post bond or should otherwise be released.

October 29, 2018 Immigrant Rights

Jones v. City of Faribault

The case argues the unconstitutional and discriminatory housing ordinances enforced by the City of Faribault, in violation of the Fair Housing Act and the Fourteenth Amendment. 

June 26, 2018

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