For immediate release | June 2, 2015

ALA calls passage of USA FREEDOM Act a “milestone”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, applauded the passage of the USA FREEDOM Act in the U.S. Senate:

“Passage of the USA FREEDOM Act is a milestone for two equally important reasons. It’s the first meaningful reform of our surveillance laws in almost 15 years. . . and it serves notice that libraries, tech companies, civil liberties advocates of every kind and hundreds of millions of ordinary Americans want the rule of law and their privacy restored. Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we go back to work to finish what USA FREEDOM started and can’t be stopped.”

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

Washington Office