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  • 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 https://action.aclu.org/give/support-aclu-colorado

  • 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.

“The Facility” Premiere Screening

 

Join us Friday, December 18 at 7 p.m. for a premiere virtual screening of “The Facility.” 

“The Facility” is a short documentary film chronicling the lived experiences of immigrants being held at the GEO detention facility in Aurora, Colorado. This film addresses the personal loss and consequences caused by for-profit detention and the federal government’s broken immigration policies. Legal and medical experts highlight horrific abuses including death, medical neglect, nutrition issues, and prolonged detention during the coronavirus pandemic. To tell their stories, current and former detainees, families fighting to be reunited, and advocates come together to share their experiences behind the walls of the GEO immigration detention facility in Aurora.

Following the screening will be a Q&A session with the director, legal experts, and individuals featured in the film with first-hand experience of the systemic abuse occurring inside the facility.

Panelists include:

  • Jeremy Flood, “The Facility” Director
  • Raul Medina Perez, COPA, Community Organizer who was formerly detained at GEO
  • Kesha Davalos Grijalva, Immigrant rights advocate whose husband is detained at GEO
  • Keinada Andereas, Colorado Student who was formerly detained at GEO
  • Hans Meyer, The Meyer Law Office, Lead Attorney 
  • Denise Maes, ACLU of Colorado, Public Policy Director 

Please RSVP for the screening in advance for this free event: https://aclu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nUbTy8-VQpif8nMzqtUzQw

Trailer: https://youtu.be/cGOCejy48Jo

“The Facility” is presented by ACLU of Colorado, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, and Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.

 

Proyección de estreno de “The Facility”

Únase a nosotros el viernes 18 de diciembre a las 7 p.m. para una proyección virtual de estreno de “The Facility.”

“The Facility” es un documental corto que narra las experiencias vividas de inmigrantes detenidos en el centro de detención GEO en Aurora, Colorado. Esta película aborda la pérdida personal y las consecuencias causadas por 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, problemas de nutrición y detención prolongada durante la pandemia de coronavirus. Para contar sus historias, los detenidos actuales y anteriores, las familias que luchan por reunirse y los defensores se unen para compartir sus experiencias detrás de los muros del centro de detención de inmigrantes GEO en Aurora.

Después de la proyección habrá una sesión de preguntas y respuestas con el director, los expertos legales y las personas que aparecen en la película con experiencia de primera mano del abuso sistémico que ocurre dentro de las instalaciones.

Los panelistas incluyen: 

  • Jeremy Flood, director de “The Facility”
  • Raúl Medina Pérez, COPA, organizador comunitario que estuvo detenido anteriormente en GEO
  • Kesha Davalos Grijalva, defensora de los derechos de los inmigrantes cuyo esposo está detenido en GEO
  • Keinada Andereas, estudiante de Colorado que estuvo detenida anteriormente en GEO
  • Hans Meyer, The Meyer Law Office, Abogado principal
  • Denise Maes, ACLU de Colorado, directora de políticas públicas

Confirme su asistencia a la proyección con anticipación para este evento gratuito: https://aclu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nUbTy8-VQpif8nMzqtUzQw

Trailer: https://youtu.be/cGOCejy48Jo

 

“The Facility” es presentado por ACLU de Colorado, la Coalición de Derechos de los Inmigrantes de Colorado y la Asociación de Abogados Hispanos de Colorado.





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