Nadine Farid Johnson became the Executive Director of the ACLU of Kansas on July 15, 2019.
As the new Executive Director of the ACLU of Kansas, I want to take a moment to highlight how tirelessly this organization fights for civil liberties in our state—and to invite you to take action with us.
In the past six months, the ACLU of Kansas has logged successes on behalf of Kansans across the state in both the legislature and the courts. We secured the first strengthening of voting rights in Kansas in years, blocked harmful bills allowing warrantless arrests by ICE agents, helped to protect the governor’s rightful veto of a bill requiring doctors to misinform women about medical abortion “reversal,” and ensured the removal of barriers to treatment for Medicaid patients with Hepatitis C.
Across the state in key counties, we’re empowering Kansans to press their County Clerks to remove barriers citizens face when voting, to hold their District Attorneys accountable for Smart Justice policies, and to create a Safe and Welcoming Wyandotte. And we’re continuing our efforts in the courts, with challenges to an illegal, regressive “banishment” sentence; the Kansas statehouse’s unconstitutional, blanket restrictions on First Amendment rights; and Kansas’ overbroad, 250-foot buffer zone around polling places—one of the largest and most restrictive in the country.
As a former U.S. diplomat and constitutional law professor, I am well aware of what is at stake. I am excited and honored to work with our strong, passionate team and our critically important stakeholders, members, and partners across the state to address the most pressing issues impacting Kansans’ civil rights and liberties. Today, I am renewing the ACLU of Kansas’ invitation to you to take action as we move forward.
We are here to defend and protect civil liberties for all Kansans—and I know you are ready to join us.
Nadine Farid Johnson
Executive Director, ACLU of Kansas