Legal Context: Equal Protection of the Laws

The Sanders Firm, P.C., the premiere civil rights law firm in New York City, believes that everyone deserves equal protection of every one of our laws. This important right was added to the United States Constitution long after the Bill of Rights was passed. Yet, it is as basic as any other right that we hold and treasure, as it says that in the United States we are all equal. You’ll find the “equal protection” clause in the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The Fourteenth Amendment

The Fourteenth Amendment was passed in 1868. This amendment because necessary after the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865, which freed the slaves. Although blacks were considered to be free with the passage of this amendment, many states instituted Black Codes, which severely limited the rights of blacks in those states. The Fourteenth Amendment sought to rectify this problem. The “equal protection” clause in this amendment has become an essential part of our civil rights.

The amendment, in part, says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

That final phrase, “equal protection of the laws,” is a powerful one as it states that every person must be treated uniformly in terms of the law and the protections it offers.

Civil Rights and Equal Protection

In practicing law in New York City, we at the Sanders Firm, P.C. are focused on every aspect of our civil rights, including equal protection. Equal protection is a vital part of our civil rights. In essence it says that each of us has a right to the privileges, safeguards, and security afforded by each of our nation’s laws. It is another way, and a very important way, of saying that we are all equal and we must all be treated in the same manner. If someone is stopped by a law enforcement officer, appears in court, or files a legal complaint, no matter what their color, ethnicity, gender or other aspect of their person may be, they are to be viewed as being equal in the eyes of the law and are given all of the protections of the law.

Preserving Your Right to Equal Protection

If you’re in the New York City area and you believe your right to equal protection has been violated, contact The Sanders Firm, P.C. We’ll gladly discuss your concerns and if you have a viable complaint we will be your voice for justice. The Sanders Firm, P.C. cares deeply about your civil rights.