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By canceling DACA, Trump has put 800,000 young people at risk of losing their jobs and being deported from the only country they know as home. Passing the bipartisan Dream Act would protect them. We asked four Dreamers why the Dream Act is important to them and their future.
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.
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Litigation & Legal Advocacy
ACLU Demands Colorado Springs Area High School Rescind its Prohibition against Apparel Promoting LGBT Equality
UPDATE: Less than 24 hours after we sent the letter, Kate called to tell us school officials have told her she can wear her shirt!
Hear Kate talk about the ACLU's help with her fight for free speech in this video from our membership meeting.In a letter to school administrators sent yesterday, the ACLU demanded that Falcon High School rescind its....
Freedom of Expression & Religion, LGBT Equality, Student and Youth Rights
Martinez v. Maketa
UPDATE: December 20, 2010: El Paso County Jail agrees to drop its "postcard-only" policy.
This class-action lawsuit challenges a new policy of the El Paso County Jail (effective August 2, 2010) that bans prisoners from sending letters and instead restricts their outgoing correspondence (other than "legal mail") to 4" X 6"....
Criminal Justice, Freedom of Expression & Religion
Files for Cristina
ACLU of Colorado Protects Colorado State University Students
CSU allows students to hang Amendment 44 flyers after involvement by the ACLU of Colorado. The ACLU of Colorado was first contacted by students at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado, who alleged that they were denied the right to post flyers discussing ballot measure Amendment 44, which would have amended Colorado statutes to legalize....
The Boulder Chapter of the ACLU of Colorado and the ACLU of Colorado Question Boulder Valley School District
At the request of the Boulder County Chapter of the ACLU of Colorado, the ACLU of Colorado inquired into allegations that the Boulder Valley School District was utilizing new technology to gather fingerprint data from kindergarten students. The system, which was instituted without any prior notice being given to parents, used a fingerprint scanner to....
Cardenas v. Jerath
In this medical malpractice case, a mother sued a hospital on behalf of her daughter, who was born with serious injuries. As an initial disclosure in discovery, the mother turned over the medical records connected to her pregnancy and a previous pregnancy. The trial judge, however, ordered the mother to sign a release allowing the defendants to obtain....
Privacy & Technology