The ACLU of Maryland provides legal services to remedy and prevent constitutional and civil liberties violations. Most of the cases we consider involve conduct of government bodies because constitutional rules apply differently to private entities. However, the U.S. Constitution, along with federal and state statutes, does extend some protection from violations by private entities. Even if you are unsure whether your case involves a constitutional or civil liberties violation, our office will review your complaint to determine if we can help.
The ACLU Maryland operates with limited resources to defend vulnerable communities from civil rights and liberties violations across our state. As a result, we are unable to provide general legal advice or accept all of the cases presented to us.
If you would like the ACLU Maryland to consider your request, you must contact our office by: 1. phone to our Civil Rights Complaint Line or 2. mailed or faxed letter to our office.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE DO NOT OFFER IN-OFFICE APPOINTMENTS.
Call our Civil Rights Complaint Line:
The ACLU Maryland has a Civil Rights Complaint Line to assist those who prefer to speak with a legal intake representative by phone. Trained intake specialists will record your information and may determine whether your request meets the criteria for cases that we consider. The intake specialist may then forward your information to the Legal Department for further review or provide referrals to assist with your request. Please be aware that the intake specialists ARE NOT attorneys and cannot provide legal advice. The ACLU Maryland does not provide legal advice or consultations with attorneys by phone.
The Civil Rights Complaint Line is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 pm. The phone number for the line is 443.524.2558.
Contact us in writing:
Please write a brief description of your request (no more than 5 pages), including the following information:
- your name, mailing address, and phone number;
- the date, time of day, and location of the incident;
- which constitutional rights you believe were violated;
- descriptions of any supporting documents you have;
- dates of any upcoming deadlines;
- any prior administrative or court decisions in your case; and
- what legal action you hope our office will take.
Please do not send supporting documents unless asked by an intake specialist or staff member. An extremely long complaint with supporting documents will delay our review of – and therefore our response to – your request. We are generally unable to make copies or return original documents.
The ACLU Maryland aims to respond to every request for assistance – even those which our office cannot take as cases. However, our review process may take several weeks. If you are facing an immediate deadline, you should contact a private attorney for assistance.
Please send faxes to: 410.366.7838
Please send letters to: ACLU of Maryland - Legal Intake - 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Ste. 350, Baltimore, Maryland 21211