Mission Statement

Our Mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution, including the freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process for all Utahns.  

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About the ACLU of Utah

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation's most prominent non-partisan guardian of freedom, with more than 1.5 million members and supporters and affiliate or national chapter offices in all fifty states and Puerto Rico. Since 1920, the ACLU has continuously worked tirelessly defending and preserving individual rights and liberties guaranteed to everyone in this country by the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

The ACLU of Utah, chartered in 1958, operates through public education, legal advocacy, litigation, and lobbying at the state and local levels to ensure the constitutional rights and freedoms of everyone living in or visiting Utah. We base our work on those principles outlined in the Bill of Rights.

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Our Priorities & Issue Areas include:

  • Participatory Democracy
  • Racial Justice
  • Immigrants' Rights
  • Religious Liberty & Freedom of Belief
  • Privacy & Technology

In addition, we continue our commitment to reforming Utah by:

  • Promoting the Criminal Legal Reform
  • Protecting the First Amendment
  • Defending Reproductive freedoms
  • Securing equality for all

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Meet Our Staff

Our staff is highly qualified, dedicated to our mission, and stands ready to protect the civil rights and liberties of all people in Utah.

Our Staff Directory

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Brittney Nystrom leads the ACLU of Utah as the Executive Director. Our organization has grown in recent years to serve better and protect the civil rights and liberties of people living or visiting Utah and comprises five departments. Our departments include the Administrative Department, Development Department, Communications Department, Legal Department, Community, Campaigns, & Organizing Department. 

About Our Structure & Funding

Transparency is crucial to who we are; learn about our structure and funding, how to donate or become a member, and view our annual reports.

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Our Structure

The ACLU of Utah is a non-for-profit and non-partisan organization, meaning we do not endorse or oppose any political candidates or parties. We are comprised of two separate corporate entities: the ACLU of Utah Union and the ACLU of Utah Foundation.

Our Funding

The ACLU of Utah receives no government funding. Our funding is through the support of nearly 7,000 Utahns membership dues, private donations, small foundation grants, and court-awarded legal fees. 

Support Our Work

Help us defend and expand the principles and freedoms that rightfully make our nation great by becoming a member of the ACLU of Utah or making a tax-deductible donation to the ACLU of Utah Foundation!

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We believe in transparency and encourage you to read our annual reports to learn more about our dedication to good governance and stewardship.