Anthony Romero

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Anthony D. Romero
ACLU Anthony D Romero.jpg
Born (1965-07-09) July 9, 1965 (age 50)
New York City
Occupation Executive Director of the ACLU
Parent(s) Demetrio Romero (father)
Coralie Romero (mother)

Anthony D. Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Early life[edit]

Romero was born in New York City on July 9, 1965, to Puerto Rican parents Demetrio and Coralie Romero. He was raised in the Bronx.


Romero was the first member of his family to graduate from high school. He graduated from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1987 and from Stanford University Law School, and is a member of the New York Bar. He was a Dinkelspiel Scholar at Stanford University, a Cane Scholar at Princeton, and a National Hispanic Scholar at both institutions.

American Civil Liberties Union[edit]

Anthony Romero became executive director in September 2001, just before the September 11, 2001 attacks. He is the first openly gay man and the first Hispanic director of the civil liberties institution.[1] In his time as the executive director through 2007 he nearly doubled the organization's budget, as well as its staff size.[2]

In his capacity as ACLU head, he has been involved in opposition to several policies taken under Bush administration's 'War on Terror'. Referring to the August 17, 2006, federal court declaration that the "Terrorist Surveillance Program" was unconstitutional, Romero called the court's opinion "another nail in the coffin in the Bush administration's legal strategy in the War on Terror".[3]

Works authored by Romero[edit]

  • In Defense of Our America: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror. William Morrow, 2007. ISBN 0-06-114256-5.


In 2005, he was named one of Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential Hispanics.

He was featured in the HBO documentary, [1] The Latino List.


  1. ^ "Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director." American Civil Liberties Union. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  2. ^ France, David (October 24, 2007). "Freedom to Backstab," screen 2. New York Magazine. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  3. ^ "Feds appeal ruling against wiretap program" (August 18, 2006). news services. Retrieved 2015-05-09.

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