ACLU of Indiana announces new executive director

  • Comments
  • Print
Christopher Daley

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana announced Tuesday that Christopher Daley will lead the organization as its next executive director, beginning in January.

Since 2018, Daley has advocated for children in Indiana’s foster system as the executive director of the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy.

The news comes after the ACLU of Indiana conducted a nationwide search following the retirement announcement of its current executive director, Jane Henegar.

Daley will begin in his job on Jan. 2.

“Chris brings passion, commitment and decades of experience in advocacy and law to the ACLU of Indiana. He has been part of creating social change across civil liberties issue areas, including advocating for children in Indiana’s foster system, trans rights, and criminal legal reform,” said ACLU of Indiana Board President Tamara Winfrey-Harris in written remarks. “Chris has the unique experience and passion necessary to meet this moment where Hoosiers’ civil rights and liberties are under increasing threats.”

Daley grew up in Indianapolis and completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University. He spent time outside of Indiana, attending the University of California’s Berkley School of Law, and upon graduation, co-founded and led the Transgender Law Center in California, a news release said.

Daley also spent time in Washington, D.C., where he collaborated with organizations on criminal legal and immigration reform in his role as deputy executive director at Just Detention International.

“I’m excited to do this critical work, protecting the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Hoosiers,” Daley said in a written statement. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with such an important organization, with an incredible team, and with our dedicated supporters, to build on the ACLU of Indiana’s storied 70-year legacy and help shape our next chapter. Together, we will build a better Indiana, where ‘We The People’ means everyone.”

Please enable JavaScript to view this content.

Story Continues Below

Editor's note: You can comment on IBJ stories by signing in to your IBJ account. If you have not registered, please sign up for a free account now. Please note our updated comment policy that will govern how comments are moderated.

6 thoughts on “ACLU of Indiana announces new executive director

  1. Congratulations Chris and what a daunting job given the political climate and the easy labeling of organizations. Just say “woke or liberal” and you’re automatically an enemy. I wish you success in your endeavors of reminding government to mind their own bedrooms and their own business. You are courageous.

    1. Truly, when adults indicate a carnal interest in children, they are just “expressing their true inner selves” as minor-attracted persons (MAPs) and there should be no exercise of the police power to stop them. What happens in their bedrooms is their business, and since children over the age of 2 can articulate “yes” and “no”, children can give consent.

      As we know, blanket application of principles applies. Those insufferable Xtian moralists just need to mind their own beezwax.

      The ACLU had genuine merit as recently as the early 2010s. How time flies.

      Mary Ann, it is interesting that you use “woke” and “liberal” in the same sentence as though they are adjectives with heavy semantic overlap. They aren’t. There is nothing remotely liberal about wokeness.