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.

Community Education Day- Know Your Rights Session

Protester Holding Sign Saying All Are Welcome

Building people power through community education

Who: ACLU of Colorado and Colorado Hispanic Bar Association

What: Community Education Day- Know Your Rights Immigration

When: October 5th, 2019 at 11:00

Where: Hinkley High School 1250 Chamber Rd. Aurora

Join us for a FREE Know Your Rights Training! We want to ensure our community members have the tools necessary to protect themselves and their family from an immigration raid.

What is the Community Education Day?

The ACLU of Colorado and The Hispanic Bar Association will be hosting a community education in Aurora on October 5th, 2019 at Hinkley High School. This event is for community members looking to learn more about their constitutional rights and local organization that offer services through their programs to community.


Over the past several months, community has been under attack with threat of raids in our community. We want to ensure that our community members have the tools necessary to protect themselves and their family from an immigration raid. We also want to take it a step further, we want to ensure that community not only know their rights but know where to access resource to create a thriving life for themselves, their family, and their community.

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