File a Complaint
If you are already familiar with our complaint process:
- Print and fill out our Complaint Form.
- If you have a complaint about police misconduct, read What You Can Do About Police Misconduct, then use our Police Misconduct Complaint Form.
Not familiar with our complaint process?
Read the following information BEFORE filling out the form.
If you wish us to consider your complaint, fill out a complaint form and mail it to:
128 Dorrance Street, Ste 400
Providence, RI 02903
The ACLU of RI relies solely on volunteer attorneys to do our legal work. We have no paid legal staff in our office. Therefore, we do not consult or provide legal advice over the phone or in-person.
As a general rule, the complaint process takes between 4-6 weeks.
If the ACLU of RI declines your case or needs more information, you will usually be informed within that timeframe by mail or phone. If it is an emergency, we will try to review the matter as soon as possible.
Our resources are very limited, and we handle only a small number of cases.
We are funded through private donations, and we do not receive any government money. Because of this, we cannot take every worthy case that comes our way.
A decision that we cannot assist you is not necessarily a determination that you have no legal claims.
You should instead feel free to consult with a private attorney who can review your complaint in greater detail. In addition, if we believe there are other agencies or organizations that may be able to assist you, we will provide you with their contact information.
Although there are exceptions, examples of cases that the RI ACLU generally does not handle include:
Criminal cases; cases occurring outside of Rhode Island; divorce, child custody or support cases; private employment disputes; or other civil disputes between private individuals. If you are unsure whether your complaint involves a matter that falls within our jurisdiction, you can call our office at 831-7171 to make a brief inquiry.
There is no charge for our legal services.