The ACLU of Maryland works to ensure that all people in the state of Maryland are free to think and speak as they choose and can lead their lives free from discrimination and unwarranted government intrusion. We are guided in our work by the United States Bill of Rights and the Maryland Declaration of Rights. The Maryland ACLU acts without partisanship to achieve these goals.
The Civil Rights Complaint Line is 443-524-2558. Hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1pm and 3pm
Steps in and seeks to rectify any situation in the county in which a person's civil or human rights are being infringed upon. Also builds community through events such as picnics, Martin Luther King Birthday Observance, and various educational programs. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at 7pm at Choptank Electric in Denton.
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy. Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7pm. Locations vary, please call for details.
MCCR's primary operations are devoted to the intake, investigation, and processing of discrimination complaints by those living in, working in, and visiting Maryland. MCCR is a neutral finder of fact. Evidence is collected by interviewing witnesses, gathering and analyzing documents, and conducting on-site visits. After completing an investigation, staff drafts a written finding.
MCCR attorneys litigate cases before the Office of Administrative Hearings, and state and federal courts; prosecute subsequent appeals before Commission appeal panels, and state and federal appellate courts; and institute litigation responsibilities, responds to legal inquiries from the public; drafts legislation and regulations; and provides training to MCCR staff and upon request, the public.
Education & Outreach:
MCCR provides services, information, and training support to groups and individuals in Maryland. Some training topics include- Conflict Resolution, Dimensions of Diversity, Disability and Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace, Discrimination Prevention, Religious/Spiritual Awareness at Work, Sexual Harassment Prevention, and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity at Work.
Trans lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis. It is the only service in the country in which all operators are transgender.