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  • 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.

Victories Under The Dome

We had an ambitious legislative agenda entering into the 2019 session and are happy to announce a series of successes. First, we championed legislation that will fund for the first time in our state’s history, comprehensive sex education for schools seeking to adopt such a curriculum. We were able to champion legislation that will bring some relief to our immigrant friends and neighbors and advanced legislation that will reform aspects of our cruel bail system. You made this happen and we thank you for your help and support. Let’s take a look at the rest of our successes:

Reproductive Rights:

HB 19-1032: Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education –  Creates a $1 million program so schools can provide students with the tools they need to make healthy choices and ensures sex ed programs don’t shame or stigmatize students.

Immigrants Rights:

HB 19-1124: Protect Colorado Residents From Federal Government Overreach – Builds trust and promotes public safety by limiting probation cooperation with ICE, ends the unconstitutional practice of relying on warrantless ICE detainers and protects the rights of Coloradans by ensuring everyone receives a written advisement before questioning.

Juvenile Justice:

HB 19-1335: Juvenile Expungement – Creates opportunities for youth to clear their criminal records and get a fresh start.

HB 19-1042: Extend Court Jurisdiction For Vulnerable Youth – Allows Colorado courts to appoint guardians for vulnerable immigrant youth between 18 and 21 who have been abandoned, abused or neglected, thus ensuring their long-term well-being.

SB 19-108: Juvenile Justice Reform – Ensures Colorado’s youth are not left behind bars by providing much-needed services and promoting alternatives to incarceration.

SB 19-136: Expand Division Youth Services Pilot Program – Funds a second program for youth in juvenile facilities that moves away from a punitive approach to one based on providing treatment and care so youth can successfully transition back into their communities.

Criminal Justice Reform:

HB 19-1225: No Monetary Bail For Certain Low-level Offenses – Ensures that poverty is not a crime and prevents judges from setting monetary bonds for petty and traffic violations. 

HB 19-1263: Offense Level For Controlled Substance Possession – Changes low-level drug felony possession to a misdemeanor and provides substance abuse and mental health services for those incarcerated and struggling with addiction.

HB 19-1266: Restore Voting Rights for Parolees – Defends the founding American principle that in a democracy, voting is a right, not a privilege.

HB 19-1297: Jail Capacity Data Collection – Establishes a statewide data collection system for Colorado’s jails so policymakers can make data-driven decisions to improve public safety, reduce costs and identify areas for reform.

SB 19-036: State Court Administrator Reminder Program – Creates texts that remind people of their court date to reduce failures to appear and prevent needless incarceration.

SB 19-191: Prompt Pretrial Liberty And Fairness – Allows people to post bond within 2 hours, ensures people are released within 4 hours after posting bond and limits excessive fees to no more than $10.

SB 19-1119: Peace Officer Internal Investigation Open Records – Promotes government transparency and accountability by allowing public access to these files after the investigation is complete.



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