Colorado Rights Blog


  • Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
  • It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.

  • One year ago, thousands of Coloradans marched in a historic display of resistance. At the ACLU of Colorado we carried that spirit throughout the year, fighting on many fronts for civil liberties. We won’t stop now.

  • By canceling DACA, Trump has put 800,000 young people at risk of losing their jobs and being deported from the only country they know as home. Passing the bipartisan Dream Act would protect them. We asked four Dreamers why the Dream Act is important to them and their future.


The ACLU of Colorado is led by an engaged Board of Directors, strategically positioned from around the state.

ACLU of Colorado

Board of Directors 2019-2020

Catherine Sparkman, Chair

Meshach Rhoades, Vice-Chair

Marcus Ollig, Treasurer

Ben Hand-Bender, Secretary

Jeff Knetsch, National Board Representative


Allison M. Cotton, Ph.D.

John Carlson

Violeta R. Chapin

Paul DeBell, Ph.D.

Leslie Durgin

Alexi Freeman

Velveta Golightly-Howell, J.D., M.P.A.

Robin Hobart

Carolyn Love

Julie Reiskin

Maurice C. “Scotty” Scott, M.D.

Laurie Steuri