The ACLU of Colorado is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the promise of equal justice under the law for all Coloradans. Our scope of work is fundamentally defined by one document, the Bill of Rights. The rights and freedoms contained within impact a wide range of issues, including free speech, freedom of religion, due process, privacy and equality for all people under the law. We advocate for members of disenfranchised communities, including people of color, LGBT persons, women, immigrants, low income people, homeless, prisoners, students and the elderly. While we are incorporated as an independent entity, we are also an affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union.
Our mission is to protect, defend and extend the civil rights and civil liberties of all people in Colorado through litigation, education and advocacy.
The first coordinated state efforts to defend Coloradans’ civil liberties began in the 1930’s and the ACLU of Colorado was incorporated as an affiliate of the national organization in 1952. For several years, staff included only an Executive Director and a part-time clerical assistant. In the 80’s, we added our first Legal Director, and through the support of members, foundations, and individuals we have grown to an organization with a $900,000 budget and many loyal staff and volunteers. Major achievements include: