If you have an urgent need or must meet a deadline, contact a lawyer, your local public defender or the SC Bar Association.

DO NOT WAIT for a response from the ACLU.

The ACLU can assist only a small number of clients. We only accept cases with the geatest potential to set legal precedents for the preservation or advancement of civil liberties.

We look for complaints that relate to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, government-sponsored religious activities, privacy, discrimination (gender, age, racial), reproductive rights, systematic police misconduct, censorship in schools or libraries, student rights, workplace privacy, and inhumane jail and prison conditions.

The ACLU does not assist in:

Guidelines on requesting legAL ASSISTANCE

What is the best way to request assistance?
Send a letter or an e-mail. All requests must be in writing.

May I schedule an in-person interview?

May I leave a phone message about my problem?
Phone messages will not be returned.

What documents should I send?
Do not send documentation with your letter or e-mail. We do not open e-mail attachments. If we need more information, we will contact you.

When will I hear back?
Do not expect a reply for 6+ weeks.

If the ACLU can't help me, will I receive a referral to another attorney?
No. The ACLU of South Carolina does not make referrals to individual attorneys. If you are looking for an attorney referral, contact:

South Carolina Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
PO Box 608
Columbia, SC 29202
Telephone 803.799.6653
Fax 803.799.4118


How to Send Your REQUEST to the ACLU of South CArolina

By Mail

Intake Manager
ACLU of South Carolina
Post Office Box 20998
Charleston, SC 29413

By Email

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