Apr 27, 2021
As Utah continues its efforts to defend against COVID-19, including to vaccinate as many people against it as possible, state and local governments must commit to focused efforts within historically underserved and vulnerable populations. It is especially critical that vaccination efforts include individuals being held in county jails and state prisons. For numerous reasons, state and county officials must provide access to the COVID-19 vaccine to every incarcerated person in the state.
Apr 20, 2021
Know Your Rights: Your Right to Protest (FAQ Edition)
The right to protest and freedom of speech belongs to everyone. You have a constitutionally protected right to engage in protests. Read the following FAQ to make sure you know your rights.
Apr 20, 2021
Let us be clear: the First Amendment has not changed in Utah. The people of Utah today retain the same right to protest and engage in other activities protected by the First Amendment as they did in 2020.
Why the confusion? Because some lawmakers in Utah and other states have reacted to calls for police reform by introducing numerous bills to try to limit people’s free speech rights. Many of these bills, for example, sought to expand the definitions and increase the penalties for “rioting,” aiming to chill lawful protest activities. Other bills would extend legal protections to drivers who hit protestors with their vehicles.
Apr 19, 2021
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah seeks to hire a passionate and innovative full-time Immigrants’ Rights Policy Fellow to assist with and develop policy and advocacy efforts in support of immigrant and refugee communities across Utah.
This position will report to the Staff Attorney and work in close collaboration with our policy team, outreach team, and other staff members across the organization.
We are considering applications on rolling basis until we fill the position, but will begin interviewing after May 3.
Apr 08, 2021
The ACLU of Utah is excited to announce a new series of educational events in 2021 to promote the ACLU’s library of “Know Your Rights” guides and information for all Utahns. The first event will be Episode 1: "What To Do If You Are Stopped By Police," on Tuesday April 20 at 5:00 p.m. MDT
Apr 06, 2021
Our online privacy statement has changed as of April 1, 2021.
Apr 01, 2021
ACLU of Utah Foundation and Disability Law Center v. Davis County.
On Thursday, March 25, Judge David Connors of Utah’s Second Judicial District Court ruled that Davis County must release to the ACLU of Utah and Disability Law Center the Utah Jail Standards—a set of standards that Davis County and other counties across the State have used to guide the operations of county jails. The ruling means that, despite their copyrighted status, the Utah Jail Standards are still records under the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act, and that the County had no valid basis for withholding the records.
Mar 24, 2021
Today, the ACLU of Utah is releasing updated guidance on free speech for students in school settings. This update is designed to complement the ACLU of Utah’s recently released guidance on First Amendment protections for teachers and educational professionals.