The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Since its inception 40 years ago, the ACLU of Montana has been working vigilantly on behalf of all Montanans to defend, preserve, and advance civil liberties.

The ACLU of Montana’s strategic plan and priority issues

Reform the Criminal Justice System

  • Reform jails and prisons
  • Ensure the public defender system provides an adequate defense
  • Outlaw and eliminate capital punishment
  • Reform drug laws

Protect and Preserve Privacy Rights

  • Oppose intrusive Government actions and unreasonable searches
  • Protect the right to sexual and reproductive health care
  • Uphold LGBTQ Rights
  • Protect the right to private, autonomous medical decisions

Defend Religious Expression and Belief and Preserve Government Neutrality

Fight for Racial Justice and Immigrants’ Rights

Protect, Defend, and Advance First Amendment Rights


In 2006, Montana was designated by the National ACLU as one of the first five ACLU state affiliates for a special investment as part of the Strategic Affiliate Initiative (SAI), designed to fortify civil liberties in the states and around the country by growing the infrastructure of select states. Montana was chosen because our track record clearly demonstrated that we were ambitious, accountable, collaborative, disciplined, and strategic. SAI enabled us to develop a business plan to consciously grow our staff and develop issue specific programming. Subsequently, we’ve cemented our commitment as a state-wide organization with staffed offices in Missoula and Helena. Our statewide board of directors is actively engaged in our strategic plan.

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