During the 1930s, the ACLU started to engage in work combating police misconduct and supporting Native American rights.Many of the ACLU's cases involved the defense of Communist party members and Jehovah's Witnesses.
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In addition to representing persons and organizations in lawsuits, the ACLU lobbies for policy positions that have been established by its board of directors.
Current positions of the ACLU include: opposing the death penalty; supporting same-sex marriage and the right of LGBT people to adopt; supporting birth control and abortion rights; eliminating discrimination against women, minorities, and LGBT people; supporting the rights of prisoners and opposing torture; and opposing government preference for religion over non-religion, or for particular faiths over others.
The ACLU provides legal assistance in cases when it considers civil liberties to be at risk.
Legal support from the ACLU can take the form of direct legal representation or preparation of amicus curiae briefs expressing legal arguments when another law firm is already providing representation.