The ACLU of Colorado’s Legal Department works to protect and defend civil liberties through litigation as well as legal advocacy outside the courtroom. With only three full-time attorneys on staff, the ACLU also relies on the work of dedicated volunteer cooperating attorneys from around the state who are willing to donate their time and talent to assist our struggle for liberty.
One year ago, thousands of Coloradans marched in a historic display of resistance. At the ACLU of Colorado we carried that spirit throughout the year, fighting on many fronts for civil liberties. We won’t stop now.
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.
Our membership has quadrupled in the last six months, making it possible to do more than ever to protect civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Thank you to all our new members, supporters, and donors, and the ones who’ve been with us for years.
Litigation & Legal Advocacy
ACLU v. Colorado Department of Corrections
This lawsuit was filed in 2013, as Colorado was preparing for its first execution since 1997. The ACLU invoked the Colorado open records laws seeking disclosure of Colorado’s detailed execution protocol as well as information about the state’s efforts to obtain the drug or drugs that will be used and the companies that may be supplying the drugs.....
Death Penalty, Government Transparency
Kramer v. City of Loveland
Police turning minor traffic stops into full-blown searches for marijuana have been a frequent source police-community friction. Numerous exceptions to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement have often left motorists at the mercy of police intent on carrying out a complete search of the driver and the vehicle. Because courts have held that an odor....
Criminal Justice, Privacy & Technology
Solitary Confinement of Children in Residential Treatment Center – El Pueblo
An ACLU investigation revealed that a residential treatment center for at-risk youth routinely confines children in so-called “Reflection Cottages” for days and even weeks at a time. At El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch, the “Reflection Cottages” are small concrete rooms with no furniture other than a concrete slab that serves as....
Stop Solitary, Student and Youth Rights
Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission v. City of Colorado Springs
In reaction to reports that some panhandlers in downtown Colorado Springs were intimidating and harassing pedestrians, the City enacted an ordinance that establishes a “Downtown No-Solicitation Zone” that applies in a twelve-city-block area that includes a city park and the central business and shopping district of downtown Colorado Springs.
Criminalization of Homelessness, Freedom of Expression & Religion
Malone v. Douglas County School District
On August 7, 2012, the Douglas County School District (“DCSD”) ejected journalist Brian Malone from a school board meeting after he placed his camera tripod in a location that allowed him to video the face of the individuals presenting to the board – a location from which DSCD had allowed Mr. Malone to record every meeting during the prior three....
Freedom of Expression & Religion, Government Transparency
ACLU Sharply Criticizes “Gypsy Scam” Bulletins released by Arapahoe Sheriff
On July 16, attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado demanded that Arapahoe County Sheriff J. Grayson Robinson rescind a Sheriff’s Office alert titled “Gypsy Scams” that could have resulted in the racial profiling of persons described by the Sheriff’s Office as “Gypsies.”
Criminal Justice, Racial Justice