The safety and rights of all Marylanders must matter to all of us. The ACLU has received a huge increase in requests for assistance following the spread of COVID-19, particularly from Marylanders who are incarcerated and their loved ones.

We have taken action to protect the state constitutional right to an education for all children in Maryland, particularly those with limited access to technology during remote learning and whose school systems have struggled with underfunding by the State for decades. In addition, we have worked to promote the rights of Marylanders to fair housing policies during this crisis, including urgently needed rent deferment and assistance and access to housing vouchers.

In addition to that work, three overall priorities have focused the ACLU of Maryland’s COVID-19 related advocacy: reducing the number of people in prisons and jails, letting people out of immigration detention centers, and allowing people to vote fully and safely. We are issuing a call on our leaders to ensure that no one in our community is left behind as we work together to contain and overcome the global pandemic.

Learn more about COVID-19 and the ACLU of Maryland's work here.