The ACLU of Colorado is the state’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. We’re a private institution funded exclusively by the generous donations of our supporters. Our mission is to protect, defend and extend the civil rights and civil liberties of all people in Colorado through litigation, education and advocacy. Here’s how our staff fights for your rights, and the rights of all Coloradans, in each of these three areas:

Litigation and Legal Advocacy

Our legal department writes letters, talks to government agencies and, if necessary, files lawsuits on behalf of clients whose rights have been violated. With only three full-time attorneys on staff, we must be very selective in the cases we choose. We receive approximately 10,000 requests for assistance each year, and litigate 50-70 cases with the assistance of approximately 100 volunteer cooperating attorneys. Learn more about our legal work, including our docket of recent cases.

Public Policy and Legislation

At the state capitol and at city council meetings across Colorado, the ACLU advocates for rational laws that protect people’s rights and liberties. And after each session, we develop Legislative Scorecards so you can see how your elected officials voted on civil liberties. Keep up with all of our public policy work.

Public Education

The ACLU engages and informs Coloradans through public forums on current civil liberties issues, “Know Your Rights” trainings, rallies and media events. We also work with students and young professionals who are interested in civil liberties. Get to know your rights through our public education offerings.