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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.

    Donate now at

  • 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. 

“The Facility” Screening

Join us Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m. for a 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 film director and policy experts.

Following the screening will be a Q&A session with the director, policy experts, and an individual featured in the film.

Panelists include:
Jeremy Flood, “The Facility” Director
Representative Kerry Tipper
Denise Maes, ACLU of Colorado, Public Policy Director
Raul Medina Perez, COPA, Community Organizer who was formerly detained at GEO

Please RSVP for the screening in advance for this free event:


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


Seguido en Español.

Únase a nosotros el viernes 11 de marzo 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, y expertas en política.

Los panelistas incluyen:
Jeremy Flood, director de “The Facility”
Representante Kerry Tipper
Denise Maes, ACLU de Colorado, Directora de Políticas Públicas
Raúl Medina Pérez, COPA, organizador comunitario que estuvo detenido anteriormente en GEO

Confirme su asistencia a la proyección con anticipación para este evento gratuito:


“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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