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ACLU of Utah to Law Enforcement Agencies: Be Wary of Involvement with ICE

23 March 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Local law enforcement cannot be forced to ignore their community priorities to participate in the federal government’s newly expanded mass deportation agenda.”

ACLU of Utah Statement on Proposed Salt Lake City Body Camera Policy

01 March 2017 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah has submitted extensive comments on Salt Lake City’s recently released “Draft Policy Regarding Release of Body Camera Footage.”

Report Shows Stark Racial Disparities in Utah’s Juvenile Justice System

10 February 2017 Published in Newsroom
The report will be publicly available on Monday, February 13, 2017.

ACLU of Utah Files FOIA on Execution of Trump’s Immigration and Refugee Ban

02 February 2017 Published in Newsroom
 The FOIA was filed as part of a coordinated campaign with 50 ACLU affiliates.

Statement On President Trump’s Executive Orders Related To Immigration And Refugees

26 January 2017 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah proudly stands with our immigrant and refugee communities to ensure their rights and freedoms under our laws and Constitution.

FINALLY: Body Camera Footage of Abdi Mohamed Shooting Released

24 January 2017 Published in Newsroom
“We consider this a victory for open government and transparency."

Victory! State Records Committee Says Shooting Footage Should Be Public

13 January 2017 Published in Newsroom
"The ACLU wants to pave the way for easier access to body camera footage for all community members in the future.”  

ACLU Appeals Decision to Keep Shooting Footage Secret

23 November 2016 Published in Newsroom
“Government accountability is not served by simply telling the public to trust that public officials have made good decisions.”

Appeals Board rejects ACLU request for release of Mohamed shooting footage

26 October 2016 Published in Newsroom
“This information should be made public; we will appeal this decision.”

2016 National Week of Action Against School Pushout is October 15 to October 23

14 October 2016 Published in Newsroom
2016 National Week of Action Against School Pushout is October 15 to October 23 October 14, 2016 – Racially Just Utah, in partnership with the ACLU of Utah, Salt Lake Peer Court and others, will be participating in the 2016 National Week of Action Against School Pushout, with multiple educational activities and arts-related activism. Through the National Week of Action, we seek to engage the community in conversation around the imbalance between ever-growing investment in juvenile justice and diminishing funding for public education. The National Week of Action Against School Pushout starts on Saturday, October 15, and runs through Sunday, October 23. This year’s theme for the National Week of Action Against School Pushout is: “Lift Us Up! Don’t Push Us Out.” The Week of Action is coordinated by Dignity in Schools, a nationwide organization committed to ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Our Salt Lake City-based National Week of Action coalition – including Racially Just Utah, Salt Lake Peer Court, the ACLU of Utah, the Disability Law Center, the Social Justice Student Initiative, Planned Parenthood of Utah, PPAU Teen Council and Spy Hop – is calling on the state, school districts and individual schools to: Shift funding from school-based policing to counselors…

ACLU of Utah Statement on "Operation Diversion"

04 October 2016 Published in Newsroom
“Operation Diversion” resembles other novel multi-agency approaches utilized in cities across the country, which have been previously praised by the ACLU of Utah as an improvement upon traditional drug enforcement operations.

ACLU of Utah Stands with Standing Rock Sioux

22 September 2016 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah has long been committed to supporting and defending the rights of indigenous people and communities.

ACLU of Utah Response to Recent Developments in Abdi Mohamed Shooting Investigation

10 August 2016 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah is disappointed that the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office continues to refuse to release body camera and surveillance video footage of the February 2016 shooting of then-17-year-old Abdi Mohamed.

ACLU Joins Lawsuit to Defend Confidential Medical Records from Warrantless Federal DEA Searches

27 July 2016 Published in Newsroom
ACLU joins lawsuit to protect Utahns' prescription drug records from the feds!

Attorney General Office Will Not “Investigate” Activist Groups Involved in Bears Ears Advocacy

14 July 2016 Published in Newsroom
The Utah A.G.’s office responded to an ACLU of Utah letter  expressing concerns about the possible First Amendment implications of an investigation into advocacy groups involved in the dispute over a Bears Ears national monument.

ACLU of Utah Announces New Executive Director, Brittney Nystrom

28 June 2016 Published in Newsroom
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The ACLU of Utah has selected Brittney Nystrom of Washington, D.C., as its new executive director, replacing Karen McCreary, who is ending her ten-year tenure this summer. “The opportunity to lead the ACLU of Utah as the organization that engages on critically important issues affecting Utahns is one that I find immensely exciting,” said Nystrom. “The caliber of the staff is superb and I’m honored to be joining their ranks.” Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, Nystrom has been the Director of Advocacy at the Washington, D.C.-based Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) since 2012. LIRS advocates on behalf of refugees, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention and other populations. She is a recognized expert on immigration and refugee issues, and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Previously, Nystrom was the Director of Policy and Legal Affairs at the National Immigration Forum, where her advocacy focused on due process concerns and overdue reforms to the immigration system. Earlier in her career, she represented detained individuals facing deportation and advocated for humane detention conditions as the Legal Director at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. She spent several…

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against State of Utah Over Indigent Defense

21 June 2016 Published in Newsroom
Today the ACLU of Utah and co-counsel Holland & Hart, LLP, filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Utah for failing to meet its Sixth Amendment obligations under the U.S. Constitution.

ACLU submits GRAMA request for release of video footage of Abdi Mohamed shooting by SLCPD

12 May 2016 Published in Newsroom
Abdi Mohamed, an 18-year-old community member, was shot multiple times by an SLCPD officer on February 27, 2016, in the downtown Rio Grande neighborhood.

Utah Navajo Plaintiffs Ask Court to Dismiss Baseless Counterclaim in Voting Rights Case

10 May 2016 Published in Newsroom
Download a PDF of this release >> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2016 SAN JUAN COUNTY, UTAH – Today the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and seven members of the Navajo Nation – plaintiffs in an ongoing lawsuit over voting rights and voter access in San Juan County – filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of Utah to dismiss a recent counterclaim by San Juan County and its officials. “The counterclaim is an unfortunate distraction from a serious lawsuit about the voting rights of a historically marginalized community in rural Utah,” said Leah Farrell, Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Utah and co-counsel on the original lawsuit, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission v. San Juan County et al. “This lawsuit is about – and only about – how San Juan County’s election processes disenfranchise Navajo voters. Fifty years ago, when the Voting Rights Act was first proposed, brave Americans gave their lives for the right to vote. These plaintiffs are helping to ensure that this fundamental right does not unravel.” The original lawsuit was filed in late February. It arose from the county’s decision in 2014 to close all polling places and switch to a mail-only voting system. The…