‘If we hadn't defended NAMBLA, no one would have’

Wendy Kaminer explains why the ACLU defended a notorious paedophile group.

In 2000, the Massachusetts chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) made the news when it chose to defend the paedophile group, the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). The family of a murdered child were suing NAMBLA, arguing that it was their pro-paedophile literature that had inspired the child’s abductors. Author, lawyer and former member of the Massachussetts ACLU, Wendy Kaminer, explains why it was crucial that the ACLU took the case. 

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