We are civil rights attorneys with the Institute for Justice working to end qualified immunity and make it easier for Americans to protect their rights from government abuse! Ask us anything!
In the United States, it’s almost impossible to hold government officials accountable when they violate your rights. This is because of a doctrine SCOTUS invented in 1982 called qualified immunity (QI) which immunizes all government workers from suit and is very, very hard to overcome. QI protects not just police, but all government officials from IRS agents to public college administrators. We believe qualified immunity is wrong, and that every right must have a remedy. QI shuts courthouse doors to those who have had their rights violated, making the Constitution an empty promise. The Constitution’s protections for our rights are only meaningful if they are enforceable.
If we the people must follow the law, our government must follow the Constitution. That’s why we are working to defeat qualified immunity through litigation, legislation, and activism. We’ve even argued before the Supreme Court.
Our organization, the Institute for Justice, recently launched Americans Against Qualified Immunity (AAQI), which is a coalition of Americans who stand in opposition to this insidious doctrine. Check out AAQI:
- You can also find “Americans Against Qualified Immunity” on FB
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