Through Justice in Action, our litigation program, the Civil Liberties Defense Center provides free legal representation or referrals to frontline environmental & social justice activists.
The CLDC represents activists that, in the course of fighting for a better world, are arrested and criminally charged. We believe their courage deserves the best possible defense that can incorporate the political, social, and philosophical motivations of these activists. Because we believe that many of these activists are acting out of necessity, we do not charge fees for the privilege of representing these activists.
The CLDC engages in civil litigation to hold the powerful accountable and to protect the rights of activists and marginalized communities. Our civil litigation is aimed at holding governments, corporations, and the powerful accountable when they violate the constitutional rights of others. The civil practice of the CLDC is shaped and driven by a desire to create a lasting impact. We generally take cases that have the potential to change or reinterpret unfavorable laws and policies.