The COVID-19 crisis has given rise to a set of new and unforeseen threats to the civil rights and civil liberties of all Wisconsinites – even a threat to our lives, especially for people of color, and members of other vulnerable communities.
At the ACLU of Wisconsin, we have been taking all of these challenges head-on -- fighting for free and fair elections that don’t jeopardize people’s health, demanding that vulnerable people in prisons and jails are released so their sentence doesn’t become a death sentence, and more.
This page highlights the work we've done in response to the pandemic. This has been a challenging time for so many Wisconsinites, and there are even more trying times ahead. Throughout this crisis, we will remain steadfast in our defense of liberty and committed to supporting the civil rights and well-being of everyone in our state.
At the national level, the ACLU and its affiliates across the country are leading the charge to address COVID-19's impact on civil rights and civil liberties in a broad variety of contexts, from racial justice to surveillance to immigration detention. You can learn more about this work at aclu.org.
Please also refer to our COVID-19 Resource Guide, a comprehensive list of resources, organizations, services, and programs that are available to people across the state to help get Wisconsin through this pandemic.