The ACLU of Colorado’s Legal Department works to protect and defend civil liberties through litigation as well as legal advocacy outside the courtroom. With only three full-time attorneys on staff, the ACLU also relies on the work of dedicated volunteer cooperating attorneys from around the state who are willing to donate their time and talent to assist our struggle for liberty.
Our membership has quadrupled in the last six months, making it possible to do more than ever to protect civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Thank you to all our new members, supporters, and donors, and the ones who’ve been with us for years.
Leisel Kemp, whose brother Jason was killed by CSP after they entered his home without a warrant, spoke at the 2013 Bill of Rights Dinner about the ACLU’s legal advocacy on behalf of her family.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind is an original short film from the ACLU of Colorado about a man who has spent 17 years in solitary confinement and now suffers from debilitating mental illness.
Litigation & Legal Advocacy
Malone v. Douglas County School District
On August 7, 2012, the Douglas County School District (“DCSD”) ejected journalist Brian Malone from a school board meeting after he placed his camera tripod in a location that allowed him to video the face of the individuals presenting to the board – a location from which DSCD had allowed Mr. Malone to record every meeting during the prior three....
Freedom of Expression & Religion, Government Transparency
ACLU Sharply Criticizes “Gypsy Scam” Bulletins released by Arapahoe Sheriff
On July 16, attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado demanded that Arapahoe County Sheriff J. Grayson Robinson rescind a Sheriff’s Office alert titled “Gypsy Scams” that could have resulted in the racial profiling of persons described by the Sheriff’s Office as “Gypsies.”
Criminal Justice, Racial Justice
Garfield County Sheriff Persists in Referring Domestic Violence Victims to ICE
An investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU) revealed that the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department (GCSD) has referred several victims of domestic violence to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, resulting in those individuals being placed in deportation proceedings because they chose to report acts of domestic violence....
Immigrants’ Rights, Women’s Rights
Denver Citywide “No-Camping” Ordinance
Members of the Denver City Council were scheduled to debate a proposal that would make it illegal, and impose fines or jail time, for sleeping outside on public property anywhere in the city.
This proposed city ordinance is unnecessary, mean-spirited and potentially unconstitutional. Boulder recently passed a similar ordinance, and we can't let....
Criminal Justice, Criminalization of Homelessness
ACLU Files Police Abuses Complaint with Denver Police Department and OIM
The ACLU of Colorado submitted a detailed complaint to Denver Police Chief Robert White and the Denver Office of the Independent Monitor on April 12, 2012, requesting a formal investigation of unreasonable and abusive use of force and other misconduct in policing Occupy Denver demonstrations at Civic Center Park in October 2011.(To watch video content....
Criminal Justice, Freedom of Expression & Religion
Moffat County School District Ban of “I ♥ Boobies!” bracelets
In a letter to school administrators sent December 20, 2011, the ACLU of Colorado demanded that the Moffat County School District rescind its ban against students wearing “I ♥ Boobies! Keep a Breast!” bracelets in support of breast cancer awareness. Although the bracelets had caused no disruption in school, the school district banned them because....