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
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....
Jefferson County v. Boor
The ACLU of Colorado will provide free criminal defense services to Shane Boor, a 35-year-old Colorado man with no criminal record who faces criminal prosecution and a jail sentence for displaying his middle finger to an officer of the Colorado State Patrol.
In April, Mr. Boor was driving to a work site in Jefferson County when he saw a state trooper....
Freedom of Expression & Religion
Kemp v. Lawyer
In this case, ACLU lawyers filed suit against three Colorado State Patrol officers – and two training supervisors – in the wrongful death of an unarmed Grand Junction man who was shot at point-blank range and killed in the summer of 2010 when he refused to allow officers to enter his home without a warrant.
The suit is filed on behalf of....
Criminal Justice, Privacy & Technology
Sanchez v. City and County of Denver
This case alleges that Denver police targeted plaintiff Jose Sanchez unjustifiably while he was standing lawfully on the public sidewalk outside the home of his girlfriend, plaintiff Joshinna Carreras. Police illegally detained and handcuffed Mr. Sanchez, falsely accused him of being an “illegal immigrant,” and falsely arrested him on a....
Criminal Justice, Privacy & Technology, Racial Justice
ACLU Letter Prompts School To Permit Student To Create Gay-Straight Alliance Club
Thanks to a letter from the ACLU, a Greeley high school student will be permitted to start a Gay-Straight Alliance at his school, despite officials’ initial reluctance.
Steve Marcantonio just wanted a place to start a conversation. Like hundreds of other high school students in Colorado and across the country, Steve wanted to launch a Gay-Straight....
Freedom of Expression & Religion, LGBT Equality, Student and Youth Rights