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.
- Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.
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.
Litigation & Legal Advocacy
Moffat County School District Ban of “I ♥ Boobies!” bracelets
In a letter to school administrators sent December 20, 2011, the ACLU of Colorado demanded that the Moffat County School District rescind its ban against students wearing “I ♥ Boobies! Keep a Breast!” bracelets in support of breast cancer awareness. Although the bracelets had caused no disruption in school, the school district banned them because....
Judge Marcucci ACLU re paper pens
The ACLU of Colorado received complaints that on Sunday morning November 13, 2011, at the first court appearance of Occupy Denver protesters who were arrested the night before, Magistrate John Hoffman refused to allow reporters and members of the press to bring paper, notebooks or any type of writing utensils into the courtroom. Westword reporter Kelsey....
Freedom of Expression & Religion
ACLU Opposes Sale of Exempla hospitals to Catholic organization
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