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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.

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  • 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 Presents Premiere Screening of “The Facility” Documentary About GEO Facility in Aurora

December 17, 2020

Seguido en español.

DENVER – ACLU of Colorado, in partnership with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA), will host a virtual premiere screening of “The Facility,” a short documentary about the GEO immigration detention facility in Aurora, Colorado. The screening will be followed by a Q&A panel with the film director, former detainees, and immigration advocates who were featured in the film.

This film addresses the personal loss and consequences of for-profit detention and the federal government’s broken immigration policies. Legal and medical experts highlight horrific abuses including death, medical neglect, nutrition deficiencies, and prolonged detention further magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. To tell this story, current and formerly detained people, families fighting to be reunited, and advocates come together to share their experiences behind the walls of the GEO detention facility in Aurora.


“The Facility” Director Jeremy Flood will be speaking and answering questions along with special guests, Immigrant Justice Community Organizer, Raul Medina Perez, Immigrant rights advocate, Kesha Davalos Grijalva, Student and former GEO detainee, Keinada Andereas, and Neda Samimi Gomez, daughter of Kamyar Samimi, who were all featured in the film and will share their lived experiences. Also, in attendance will be legal expert Hans Meyer from The Meyer Law Office, and ACLU of Colorado, Public Policy Director Denise Maes.


Friday, December 18, 2020

Screening: 7 p.m.

Q&A panel: 8 p.m.


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The ACLU of Colorado is the state’s oldest civil rights organization, protecting and defending the civil rights of all Coloradans through litigation, education and advocacy. 


ACLU de Colorado presenta la proyección de estreno del documental “The Facility” sobre la instalación GEO en Aurora

DENVER – ACLU de Colorado, en asociación con la Coalición de Derechos de los Inmigrantes de Colorado (CIRC) y la Asociación de Abogados Hispanos de Colorado (CHBA), presentará una proyección virtual de estreno de “The Facility”, un breve documental sobre el centro de detención de inmigrantes GEO en Aurora, Colorado. La proyección será seguida por un panel de preguntas y respuestas con el director de la película, ex detenidos y defensores de la inmigración que aparecieron en la película.

Esta película aborda la pérdida personal y las consecuencias de la detención con fines de lucro y las políticas de inmigración incumplidas del gobierno federal. Los expertos legales y médicos destacan abusos horribles que incluyen muerte, negligencia médica, deficiencias nutricionales y detenciones prolongadas magnificadas aún más por la pandemia de COVID-19. Para contar esta historia, personas detenidas actuales y anteriores, familias que luchan por reunirse y defensores se unen para compartir sus experiencias detrás de los muros del centro de detención GEO en Aurora.


Jeremy Flood, director de “The Facility”, hablará y responderá preguntas junto con invitados especiales, el organizador comunitario de justicia de inmigrantes, Raúl Medina Pérez, defensor de los derechos de los inmigrantes, Kesha Davalos Grijalva, estudiante y ex detenida de GEO, Keinada Andereas, y Neda Samimi Gomez, hija de Kamyar Samimi, quienes aparecieron en la película y compartirán sus experiencias vividas. También asistirán el experto legal Hans Meyer de The Meyer Law Office, y la Directora de Políticas Públicas de ACLU de Colorado, Denise Maes.


Viernes 18 de Diciembre de 2020

Proyección: 7 p.m.

Panel de preguntas y respuestas: 8 p.m.


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La ACLU de Colorado es la organización de derechos civiles más antigua del estado, que protege y defiende los derechos civiles de todos los habitantes de Colorado a través del litigio, la educación y la defensa.

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