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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…

ACLU, Salt Lake Police and Salt Lake School District Settle Suit over “Gang Operation” at West High School

16 March 2016 Published in Newsroom
The SLC Police Department and the SLC School District have agreed to make broad and meaningful changes in how they treat students of color and engage in school disciplinary issues.

Responses from Coalition Member Organizations to Failed Repeal of Death Penalty in Utah

11 March 2016 Published in Newsroom
The Utah Justice Coalition has been working together for several years to pursue the abolishment of the death penalty.

ACLU of Utah Reactions: No Death Penalty Repeal this year

11 March 2016 Published in Newsroom
“We are very proud of the progress we made – and this effort is far from over!”

ACLU of Utah Statement on SLCPD’s Shooting of Abdi Muhamed

29 February 2016 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah joins Salt Lake City community members in calling for a full investigation of the recent shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Muhamed by Salt Lake City police officers.

Lawsuit Challenging San Juan County’s Mail-Only Electoral System Filed

25 February 2016 Published in Newsroom
The County’s decision to switch to a mail-only voting system, and designating only one distant location for in-person voting, adversely impacts Navajo voters.

ACLU of Utah Responds to Audit of Parole Board, “We Have Been Receiving Complaints for Years”

01 February 2016 Published in Newsroom
Today the Office of the Legislative Auditor General released a troubling audit of the Board of Pardons and Parole confirming the complaints of many inmates and family members.

ACLU of Utah Executive Director to Retire in 2016

09 January 2016 Published in Newsroom
Karen McCreary has dramatically grown and strengthened the high- profile organization over her nearly decade-long tenure.

Case Against West Valley Over “Gang Sweep” at West High School Ends

07 December 2015 Published in Newsroom
The federal court today entered a judgment against West Valley City and its police chief in a case brought by three former West High School students over a 2010 school-based “gang sweep” that prompted a class action lawsuit by the ACLU of Utah and the ACLU Racial Justice Program.

ACLU of Utah’s Statement on Judge’s Order

12 November 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah is closely monitoring the developing legal situation concerning a judge’s order that removes a 1-year-old child from the stable home where she has been living in the care of a married same-sex couple.

ACLU of Utah Responds Report Documenting Utah’s Unconstitutional Public Defense System

26 October 2015 Published in Newsroom
The Utah Judicial Council Study Committee released a report highlighting widespread deficiencies in Utah’s system to provide legal counsel for people who can’t afford a private attorney.

Suit Filed Challenging Farmington's "Free Speech" Ordinance

08 September 2015 Published in Newsroom
The suit alleges that on its face, the ordinance violates the Utah and U.S. Constitutions because it requires a permit for almost any conceivable form of public expression and imposes criminal penalties for failing to comply.

ACLU of Utah Launches YES ON SIX Campaign, “Legislative and Policy Solutions Need to Happen NOW”

28 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
Yesterday the ACLU of Utah launched “YES ON SIX,” an education and advocacy campaign to push for significant improvements to Utah’s failing county-by-country public defense system.

ACLU of Utah Calls for Action on Utah’s Failing Indigent Defense System

26 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah will launch its “YES ON SIX” campaign this Thursday, Aug. 27 at 10:00 a.m.  In 2011, the ACLU documented the inadequacies of Utah’s indigent system in a report called “Failing Gideon."

US Dept of Education to Investigate SLC School District for Discrimination Against Minority Students

19 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Civil Rights will investigate multiple allegations of racial discrimination against students of color in the Salt Lake City School District.

People Not Prisons: With Site Decided, It’s Now Time to Design Utah’s New Prison the Right Way

12 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The coalition People Not Prisons has a message for the Prison Relocation Commission and the public: “The site has been selected, now it is time to focus on doing this right.”