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
Ending The Use Of Punitive Restraints in Colorado Prisons
After months of collaboration and negotiation with ACLU lawyers, the Colorado Department of Corrections agreed to end the use of punitive restraints on non-violent, compliant inmates. These restraints include not only hand and ankle cuffs, but also torso and between-the-legs chains that severely restrict a prisoner’s movement. Prior to our negotiations,....
ACLU Urges Roaring Fork School Board to Stop School Resource Officers from Collaborating with ICE
In a letter sent today, the ACLU of Colorado urged the Roaring Fork School Board to adopt a policy prohibiting the current practice of School Resource Officers (SROs) collaborating with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
School resources officers are employed by local police departments to work in schools to promote school safety and build....
Immigrants’ Rights, Racial Justice, Student and Youth Rights
Burgbacher v. Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen
Heather Burgbacher was fired for asserting her right to pump breast milk for her infant child while at work. Her employer, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen (RMAE) is a Jefferson County public charter school. After five years of excellent performance evaluations, RMAE refused to renew Ms. Burgbacher’s contract because she stood up for her right....
Privacy & Technology, Racial Justice, Women’s Rights
Duarte v. Gypsum Post Office
After receiving reports that the Gypsum Post Office has been refusing post office boxes to Latino residents of the town who have presented clearly valid and legally sufficient identification (“ID”) on the grounds that the IDs are not “local” or are not “from here,” ACLU Attorney Rebecca T. Wallace wrote a letter to....
Freedom of Expression & Religion, Immigrants’ Rights, Racial Justice
La Rue v. Douglas County School District
This lawsuit challenges a school voucher plan devised by the Douglas County School Board with the approval of the Colorado State Board of Education, to funnel tax dollars allocated for public education to private religious schools. The ACLU of Colorado, the National ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and Americans United for the Separation....
Freedom of Expression & Religion, Student and Youth Rights
Department of Justice Investigation of Denver Law Enforcement Request
The ACLU of Colorado made a formal request for a Department of Justice investigation of Denver law enforcement on behalf of the Greater Denver Metro Ministerial Alliance, the Denver Branch NAACP, the family of Rev. Marvin L. Booker and Killmer Lane & Newman, LLP, attorneys for the family.
The letter is addressed to Assistant Attorney General Thomas....