The mission of the ACLU of Colorado is to protect, defend and extend the civil rights and civil liberties of all people in Colorado through litigation, education and advocacy.
The ACLU of Colorado is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the promise of equal justice under the law for all Coloradans. Our scope of work is fundamentally defined by one document, the Bill of Rights. The rights and freedoms contained within impact a wide range of issues, including free speech, freedom of religion, due process, privacy and equality for all people under the law. We advocate for members of disenfranchised communities, including people of color, LGBT persons, women, immigrants, low income people, homeless, prisoners, students and the elderly.
While we are incorporated as an independent entity, we are also an affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU Foundation (ACLUF) of Colorado is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights and fulfilling the promise of equal justice under the law for all Coloradans. In particular, we advocate for members of disenfranchised communities, including people of color, LGBT persons, women, immigrants, low income people, the homeless, prisoners, students, and the elderly.
The ACLU of Colorado was incorporated as an affiliate of the national ACLU in 1952. We have since grown to an organization with over 35,000 active members and supporters, a staff of seventeen, and dozens of loyal interns and volunteers. Major historical achievements include: achieving massive prison and jail condition reforms by winning Ramos v. Lamm, the 1980 landmark case that led to the restructuring of the Colorado prison system; winning, as part of a large coalition, Romer v. Evans at the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned Amendment 2, an unprecedented attack on the rights of LGBT Coloradans; securing a successful settlement in American Friends Service Committee v. Denver, the "Spy-Files" litigation, which exposed the unlawful surveillance of and maintenance of files on people engaged in peaceful political activity by the Denver Police Department and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force; and conducting a proactive approach to holding Denver and the U.S. Secret Service accountable for the protection of the public's right to free speech, dissent, and assembly at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Since the 2016 Presidential Election, our membership and the scope of our mission has grown exponentially. As we fight back against the worst abuses to the Constitution from the Trump Administration, we are also working to ensure that Colorado remains a Civil Liberties Safe Zone built on a strong, bipartisan consensus that our individual rights and freedoms must remain protected.
"While my family is elated that, with the help of our superheroes at ACLU of Colorado, I won't be prosecuted, there are still thousands of babies, toddlers, and young children who haven't seen their moms and dads for weeks."-Shauna Johnson
"You guys made me feel welcomed from the very first time I came through the door - reassuring me that 'we could help you and assist you' kind of gave me a little bit more courage. Like, I know I was doing this the right way, but now I have help doing it a little bit better. Because the courts didn't recognize me as a citizen of the community coming in and defending myself the way I did, and I think it kind of shocked them because I kept going, I kept driving. But when I got here, you guys supported that drive, you supported that inspiration that was inside of me, like, 'I need some help defending myself because this isn't right.' The process was beautiful, I enjoy coming down here and talking with you guys... Our teamwork together actually helped the community"-James Fisher
"We worked with the ACLU of Colorado for the past six years as plaintiffs in a high profile Supreme Court case. During our time with the ACLU, they helped us file countless documents, navigate media strategies, explain court documents, and help us tell our story to the public. We always felt heard, supported, and valued. There is no way that we could've followed this case through without them." -Charlie Craig and David Mullins. Plaintiffs in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
"Thank you, Alejandra and the ACLU for taking time out of your day to visit and educate us. I have had many run-ins with police where I had done nothing wrong but was still being questioned. I now know what to do further if that happens again in the future in order to keep everyone involved safe." -Transgender Latina Student at Kuns Miller Creative Arts Academy