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  • Cedric Watkins is a father, uncle, entrepreneur-in-training, and a vital community pillar for many others. While behind bars, he has tirelessly devoted himself to serving his peers and his community. He developed gang disaffiliation programs for other incarcerated individuals and is currently involved with Defy Ventures. He sends letters and calls his daughter as much as he can.

    Cedric is currently in prison at Sterling Correctional Facility. He was convicted of aggravated robbery, burglary, kidnapping, theft and sentenced to 80 years; no one was seriously injured or killed. For comparison, a person convicted of second-degree murder in Colorado faces a maximum sentence of 48 years. Cedric has already served 20 years and has fully rehabilitated during that time.

    It’s time to bring Cedric home: Redemption is real. Clemency is compassion.

  • On November 21, 2016, 13 Aurora police officers responded to a simple noise complaint at Alberto Torres’s home. As happens all too often, Aurora police officers escalated this minor issue into a brutal affair. They beat Mr. Torres solely because he delayed exiting his garage to ask his wife to interpret for him. With that beating, the lives of Mr. Torres and every member of his family were changed and he has yet to recover. ACLU of Colorado fought to obtain justice for Mr. Torres, and Aurora has now paid him $285,000. But money is not justice, and the brutality of the Aurora Police Department against people of color has continued unabated.

    It doesn’t have to be this way.

    Imagine, if instead of 13 officers being dispatched to Mr. Torres’s home for a noise complaint, the City of Aurora sent a civilian-led response team to check on his welfare and ask that he and his friends lower their sound, resulting in a non-violent solution to a minor issue?

    ACLU Settles Case With Aurora After Police Brutalize and Unlawfully Arrest Alberto Torres

  • Hope is a discipline. It’s a commitment that together, we can create a more perfect union. We won’t rest until we fulfill the promise of equal rights for ALL people in the United States.

    Join us in our fight to fulfill this promise and move forward with hope by donating to the ACLU of Colorado. Your donation supports the ACLU’s strengths that make our work effective and collaborative.

    Donate now at

  • Anthony Martinez is 84-years-old and suffering from renal failure, as well as other serious medical conditions including dementia. He is currently incarcerated in the Sterling Correctional Facility, site of one of Colorado’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks with almost 600 active COVID-19 cases. He and his family are understandably terrified that he will catch the virus and die.

    In the midst of this public health crisis, incarcerated people as vulnerable as Anthony, could and should be immediately released to safely live out their remaining years with family.

    Read more about Anthony Martinez and other at-risk incarcerated people. 

ACLU of Colorado Establishes Fellowship Fund to Honor Bruce and Martha Sattler


To honor the memory of Bruce and Martha Sattler and their nearly 45 years of unwavering devotion to civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado, the ACLU of Colorado has established the Bruce and Martha Sattler Fellowship Fund.

Bruce and Martha Sattler both passed away in 2015. Together, they held almost every conceivable Board and staff leadership position at the ACLU of Colorado. To keep their spirit alive within the organization, the Bruce and Martha Sattler Fellowship Fund will set aside funds to assist in bringing young civil rights and civil liberties lawyers and advocates to work at the ACLU of Colorado as “Sattler Fellows.”

“Bruce and Martha Sattler devoted their lives to civil rights and civil liberties, and their impact on the ACLU of Colorado is beyond description,” said ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley. “The Bruce and Martha Sattler Fellowship Fund will honor their legacy while providing opportunities to future generations of civil rights and civil liberties leaders in Colorado.”

The ACLU of Colorado will work with law schools, colleges, universities, and independent fellowship programs to attract and provide support for fellows and interns to work on important civil rights and civil liberties issues in Colorado. The fund will also support the work of summer and temporary legal interns at the organization.

“Apart from both of their unique talents, intelligence, wit, passion, warmth, and spirit, Bruce and Martha were incredibly wonderful souls,” said Woodliff-Stanley. “They are deeply missed at the ACLU of Colorado, but it gives us great pride to honor their memory through the Bruce and Martha Sattler Fellowship Fund.”

For more information or to contribute to the Bruce and Martha Sattler Fellowship Fund, please contact ACLU of Colorado Deputy Director Stephen Meswarb at

To learn more about the Sattlers and their impact on civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado, read the ACLU of Colorado tributes to Bruce and Martha.

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