Colorado Rights Blog


  • 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. 

  • Ronald Johnson is pre-diabetic, suffers from asthma and high blood pressure, and regularly uses an inhaler to breathe. His age and respiratory ailments put him at risk of serious illness and death if he contracts COVID-19. With over hundreds of active cases in Colorado’s prisons, his family fears he will not make it out alive. His daughter, Amber, says, “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance. My deep fear is that my dad will die in prison. That is an awful, traumatic reality to consider. My chest is tight just thinking about how quickly it spreads and how vulnerable he is.”

    Governor Hickenlooper shortened his sentence following testimony from family, friends and correctional officers advocating for his early release. Yet, he is still eight years away from parole. While he remains in prison, COVID-19 continues to spread. Ronald’s three siblings, four children and four grandchildren are desperate for his release.

    Read more about Ronald Johnson and other at-risk incarcerated people.

  • 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.

Civil Rights Committee CLE: Safeguarding Your Right to Privacy

Civil Rights Committee CLE

Safeguarding Your Right to Privacy:
Data Security in a Digital World

Friday, Feb. 27 • Noon–1 p.m.
CBA offices, 1900 Grant St., Third Floor
One general CLE credit applied for.
  • Ryan Bergsieker is a former AUSA and current attorney at Gibson Dunn specializing in, among other things, information security and data privacy. He will discuss the tools used to obtain information from individuals and companies by different government agencies—from law enforcement agencies investigating alleged criminal activity to regulatory agencies investigating whether companies are adequately protecting their customers’ personal and financial data—as well as what companies can do to mitigate the risk and minimize the cost of these government inquiries.
  • Denise Maes is a former White House staff member and current Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Colorado. She will discuss current litigation the ACLU is involved in with respect to challenging the Patriot Act and FISA, the ACLU’s representation of Edward Snowden, and state legislative developments concerning privacy-related matters.
  • Nicole Day is an intellectual property attorney at Holland & Hart and specializes in the internet and digital media, including privacy and information security. Her presentation will cover common privacy and security-related issues that all companies should be concerned about if they collect, store, or otherwise handle personal information, including basic legal compliance obligations, internal security concerns and employee obligations, and high-level issue spotting in vendor agreements.
Cost is $15 and includes lunch for those attending the live program.
Webcast option is available.

RSVP by clicking here, or by calling 303-860-1115 ext. 727

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