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  • James Fisher spoke at the ACLU of Colorado Bill of Rights Dinner about how he and the ACLU are working together to stop the criminalization of poverty for the thousands of Coloradans who are trapped in debtors’ prisons.

  • 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.

End Immigration Detainers

The ACLU of Colorado successfully convinced all sheriffs in Colorado to stop holding people in jail on detainer requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Immigration detainers (also called “ICE detainers” or “ICE holds”) are routinely issued by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). They ask sheriffs to continue imprisoning a person for up to five days past the time when the person would otherwise be released, so that ICE can decide whether to take that person into federal custody for a possible immigration violation. Deportation proceedings are civil, not criminal, cases. Remaining in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws is not a crime.

After months of ACLU of Colorado advocacy with the sheriffs, Colorado became the first state in the country in which all county jailers now reject detainer requests from ICE. Read our press release. 


ICE Detainers Fact Sheet
Detenciones por inmigración – Hoja informativa
ACLU letter to Colorado sheriffs
Colorado Rights Blog post: “Claudia’s Story: How a Domestic Violence Victim’s Call for Help Resulted in Three Days in Jail and Deportation Proceedings”
Client Profile: Claudia Valdez

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Valdez v. Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
ICE Detainers

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Related Legislation

HB15-1356: State Authority Immigration Enforcement
SB14-061: Refer Illegal Aliens To ICE After Conviction