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Washoe Co. Detainer Policy A Step in the Right Direction - But Does Not Protect Civil Rights

RENO, NV — Today, Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley announced that his office will not hold people in custody at the Washoe County Detention Facility for one particular type of detainer request made by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security.

Marriage Equality Coming to Nevada

LAS VEGAS, NV - Today eight same-sex couples will have their day in court at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to explain why marriage rights should extend to every loving couple in Nevada, and throughout the nation.

ACLU of Nevada First NJJN Member Organization

LAS VEGAS, NV – This year the ACLU of Nevada became Nevada’s first National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) member organization. Juvenile justice reform is a top priority for the ACLU of Nevada and has been since before joining NJJN. During the 2013 legislative session, we successfully advocated for passage of S.B. 107, which limits the use and length of solitary confinement in juvenile facilities, ensures that youth detained in room confinement have access to mental health, and mandates review and reporting to the state. Through A.B.

Rosine Zelicskovics to serve as ACLU of Nevada's Director of Development and Major Gifts

LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, the ACLU of Nevada announces the hiring of Rosine Zelicskovics, as the Director of Development and Major Gifts. She will oversee and coordinate the donor development and major gifts strategy for the organization.

“Rosine knows Nevada. She has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and will bring her wealth of experience and relationships to grow our membership and donor bases,” said Tod Story, executive director. “Her enthusiasm for the ACLU, and passion for Nevada are evident, and will attract broad interest and support.”

Nevada Voter ID Petition Fails

LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, the “Our Vote Nevada PAC” failed to file the required number of signatures (101,667) to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. “Our Vote Nevada PAC,” sought to impose a discriminatory, suppressive photographic voter ID requirement on voters in Nevada.  Initially filed on January 29, 2014, the original petition did not include a financial impact statement. The ACLU of Nevada challenged the original petition’s description of effect (DOE) as insufficient and confusing to voters since it omitted the material consequences of adoption and the associated fiscal burdens on Nevada taxpayers.

Yvanna Cancela Named 2014 Civil Libertarian of the Year

YvannaCancelaLAS VEGAS, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is pleased to announce that Yvanna Cancela has been chosen to receive the 2014 Emilie Wanderer Civil Libertarian of the Year award. Cancela is the political director at Culinary Workers Union Local 226 of UNITE HERE. The ACLU of Nevada is honoring Cancela for her leadership on immigrants’ rights issues, her work coordinating a statewide campaign in Nevada for comprehensive immigration reform, and for standing up for worker rights.

Judge Throws Out Description of Voter ID Initiative

CARSON CITY, NV – Today, Judge James T. Russell of the First Judicial District of Nevada ruled that petition papers attempting to place a “Voter ID Initiative” on this November’s ballot are legally flawed and must be rewritten. The ruling came in a lawsuit, Rosati et al. v. Our Vote Nevada PAC, filed on February 20, 2014, by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee).

ACLU of Nevada Praises Washoe County’s Decision to Keep Early Voting Open on Sundays

RENO, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada commends today’s decision of the Washoe County Commissioners and the Washoe County Manager to keep polling places open for the entire 14 days of early voting for the upcoming primary election.

ACLU of Nevada Lawsuit Leads Nevada Prison Board to Adopt Nation-Leading Policies Protecting Pregnant Inmates

CARSON CITY, NV – This morning, March 18, 2014, the Nevada Board of State Prison Commissioners adopted new regulations (pdf) restricting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates and allowing inmates who have recently delivered babies to use a breast pump.


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