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Prior Years [ 2017] 


June 2018

Film Series justly ends its season with ‘RBG’
Park Record
(6/8/18)

Utah Jails Can’t Hide Records In The ‘Cloud,’ Lawsuit Claims
KUER (audio)
(6/8/18)

‘Trib Talk’: Can atheist bakers refuse to serve Mormons?
Salt Lake Tribune (audio) (transcript)
(6/7/18)

KPCW's Local News Hour: Marina Lowe discusses Ruth Bader Ginsburg
KPCW (audio)
(6/6/18)

Wasatch County GOP DA Primary Debate
BYU-11 (video)
(6/5/18)

Comunidad de Utah marcha en favor preservar familias unidas
Univision (video)
(6/1/18)

Supporters of immigrant children separated from parents at the border rally for change
FOX13 (video)
(5/31/18)

Protesters rally in Salt Lake against US immigration policy
KSL (video)
(6/1/18)

 

May 2018

Third former Daggett County jail inmate files lawsuit over abuse, torture
KUTV (video)
(5/31/18)

Groups sue to make jail standards public
Deseret News
(5/31/18)

ACLU, Disability Law Center File Suit Over Secretive Davis County Jail Standards
KUER
(5/31/18)

ACLU of Utah, Disability Law Center file suit over Davis County Jail standards
Ogden Standard Examiner
(5/31/18)

ACLU of Utah and Disability Law Center file lawsuit to make jail standards public
SU Independent
(5/31/18)

Third former Daggett County jail inmate files lawsuit over abuse, torture
Salt Lake Tribune
(5/31/18)

Utah’s Cold Case Coalition wants you to share your DNA with cops to help solve murders
Salt Lake Tribune
(5/31/18)

ABU Education Fund announces 2018 primary debates
UtahPolicy.com
(5/23/18)

Líderes locales reaccionan ante polémicas declaraciones
Univision (video)
(5/23/18)

State inmates with Tasers. Sleeping guards. Report outlines dysfunction at the Daggett County jail before it lost its inmates over concerns of torture and misconduct
Salt Lake Tribune
(5/23/18)

Unblocked: Trump Twitter Ruling Could Trickle Down
KUER
(5/23/18)

Tribune Editorial: Utah can’t escape responsibility for inmates it has farmed out to county jails
Salt Lake Tribune
(5/20/18)

Former Inmates File Lawsuit Over Abuse in Utah Jail
AP
(5/17/18)

Former Daggett County jail inmates tortured by police say they hope their lawsuit will bring change to how prisoners are treated
Salt Lake Tribune
(5/16/18)

ACLU of Utah files lawsuit over abuse of inmates at Daggett County Jail
FOX13
(5/16/18)

Former inmates sue Daggett County over jail abuse
Deseret News
(5/16/18)

ACLU of Utah celebrates 60 years
ABC4: Inside Utah Politics (video)
(5/13/18)

Op-ed: County attorneys are powerful people — choose wisely this election year
Deseret News
(5/06/18)

RadioActive: 60 Years of the ACLU
KRCL
(5/03/18)

April 2018

ACLU wants records on how Trump's first travel ban was carried out at Salt Lake airport
Deseret News
(4/26/18)

Utah election reform law aims to remove barriers to voting, boost turnout
Deseret News
(4/21/18)

Utah Corrections director Rollin Cook stepping down to spend more time with family, take advantage of professional opportunities
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/18/18)

Outgoing Utah Corrections Boss Wants Prison To Make People Better Than They Arrived
KUER
(4/18/18)

Utah Corrections Director Rollin Cook stepping down
Deseret News
(4/18/18)

7 Utah jail deaths in 2017, down more than two-thirds from the year before
Ogden Standard Examiner
(4/15/18)

Tribune Editorial: Closed records threaten inmates’ lives
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/24/18)

Talking Martin Luther King Jr. 50 Years After His Assassination
Utah Public Radio (audio)
(4/04/18)

‘We are having to fire up on all cylinders’ to challenge the Trump administration, national ACLU executive director tells Utah supporters
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/04/18)

ACLU hopes to educate Utah voters about the powerful role of a prosecutor ahead of the 2018 election
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/04/18)

U.S. ICE agents' courthouse arrest of Weber Co. immigrant irks judge, lawyer
Ogden Standard Examiner
(4/02/18)

 

March 2018

ACLU director Anthony Romero’s Park City visit will explore ‘Civil rights in an Uncivil Time’
Park Record
(3/31/18)

Utah students expecting thousands to turn out for march to end gun violence Saturday
FOX13
(3/24/18)

Federal judge tosses lawsuit over your right to a lawyer
FOX13
(3/24/18)

After jail death controversies, Utah sheriffs post standards online
Ogden Standard Examiner
(3/15/18)

After jail death controversies, Utah sheriffs post standards online
Ogden Standard Examiner
(3/15/18)

Utah Students Demand Change as Part of National Walkouts
Associated Press
(3/14/18)

Dozens of school walkouts are planned Wednesday in Utah to mark the Florida shooting. Here’s what you should know about participating
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/13/18)

ACLU guides Utah students ahead of gun control protest (Video: 5pm) (Video: 6pm)
KUTV
(3/12/18)

Committee likely to prevent Senate hearing on bill barring Down syndrome abortions, sponsor says
Deseret News
(3/7/18)

This Is What Immigration Enforcement Looks Like Under President Trump
ACLU National "Speak Freely" Blog
(3/6/18)

Can Utah Make Justice Reform Work?
U.S. News & World Report
(3/5/18)

Letter to the Editor on Ramirez v. Reddish lawsuit
Deseret News
(3/4/18)

Here’s what you need to know about Utah’s proposed Down syndrome abortion ban
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/4/18)

Students’ Rights: Speech, Walkouts, and Other Protests
KCPW
(3/4/18)

ACLU sues over “swat-style” ICE raid on Utah family (audio)
Public News Service
(3/2/18)

Bill increasing Utah police access to drug database advances after heated debate
Deseret News
(3/2/18)

Heber family files lawsuit against federal agents for home raid
BYU Daily Universe
(3/2/18)

Familia hispana demanda a ICE alegando un allanamiento ilegal en el que les dijeron que veían “demasiado Univision”
Univision Nacional
(3/1/18)

Two men convicted under Ogden’s old gang injunction settle lawsuit with city
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/1/18)

Utah House OKs teaching refusal skills in sex ed curriculum
Deseret News
(3/1/18)

“No hicimos nada y nos trataron como criminals”: migrante en Utah
El Universal
(3/1/18)

 

February 2018

Bill that would halt abortions based on Down syndrome one step closer to passing
St. George News
(2/28/18)

Attorneys: Ogden has resolved suit over defunct gang rules
Deseret News
(2/28/18)

ACLU announces settlement with Ogden City regarding gang injunction lawsuit
Ogden Standard-Examiner
(2/28/18)

Familia hispana de Utah demanda a agentes de ICE por arrestos injustificados
Mundo Hipánico
(2/28/18)

ACLU, Ogden settle lawsuit over gang injunctions
FOX13
(2/28/18) 

University of Utah won't keep applicants out if they are disciplined for marching against school shootings
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/28/18)

San Juan County settles Vote By Mail lawsuit
San Juan County Register
(2/27/18)

Biskupski taps attorney for justice court judgeship
Deseret News
(2/23/18)

Will Utah abolish the death penalty? (audio)
KCPW
(2/22/18)

Navajos Settle Voting Rights Lawsuit (audio)18-02-23-KCPW-Marina-DP.pdf
FronterasDesk KJZZ
(2/22/18) 

Utah Senate panel gives OK to inmate addiction study bill
Deseret News
(2/22/18)

Navajos Settle Utah Voting Rights Case Over Mail-In Ballots
AP
(2/22/18)

Restoring Trust in Political Conversations
Utah Bee
(2/21/18)

Utah inmate's death highlighted in 'debtors' prison' report
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/21/18) 

Navajos make deal with San Juan County to end voting-rights lawsuit
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/21/18)

Lawsuit over vote-by-mail in San Juan Co. is settled
FOX13
(2/21/18)

Senate panel backs reports on law enforcement actions regarding students
Deseret News
(2/21/18)

Utah County Attorney speaks against proposed prosecutorial review board
Provo Daily Herald
(2/21/18)

More Utah minorities were sentenced to prison in 2017 than ever before, data show
AP
(2/20/18)

Influential Weber State black activist recalls 40 years of changes in Utah
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/16/18)

Utah minority offenders now even more likely to get prison sentences
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/15/18)

Study: Utah could save money with death penalty ban; bill could make it happen
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/15/18)

Utah Lawmakers Once Again Consider Ending Death Penalty
AP
(2/14/18)

Will Utah County create a board to review complaints of prosecutor misconduct? Commissioners slated to vote next week
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/13/18)

Lawmakers will consider - again - whether to abolish the death penalty in Utah
The Salt Lake Tribune
(2/13/18)

Should Utah Constitution include protection against electronic data searches?
Deseret News
(2/13/18)

Utah lawmakers kill bill which would punish people who don't call 911
KUTV
(2/12/18)

Bill would ban policing quotas in Utah
Deseret News
(2/8/2018)

'It's really in your face': Some Utah lawmakers uncomfortable with bill making it clear that women can legally breast-feed in public
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/8/2018)

Two bills to significantly affect voting in Utah
Deseret News
(2/8/2018)

Proposal for process to legally change gender raises questions in Utah Senate hearing
Deseret News
(2/5/2018)

Controversial bill to ban Down syndrome abortions easily passes Utah House
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/5/2018)

Southern Utah legislator still has concerns about bill that would stop abortions based on Down syndrome
St. George News
(2/2/2018)

Big changes coming to sex education curriculum in Utah
KUTV
(2/2/2018)

   

January 2018

U. nurse Alex Wubbels testifies for bill requiring police to get warrant for blood draw
Deseret News
(1/31/18)

The ACLU is not done fighting for transparency in county jails
KUER
(1/31/2018)

Gehrke: Utah lawmakers should listen to the pros and stop considering themselves 'constitutional scholars'
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/29/2018)

The ACLU of Utah's top legislative priorities
Inside Utah Politics (ABC4)
(1/28/2018)

House panel OKs bill to make political emails on government accounts public records
Deseret News
(1/27/2018)

2018 Legislative Session: Week 1
City Weekly
(1/26/2018)

Utah House passes bill requiring police to get warrant before blood draw
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/25/2018)

If we pass this bill, we are buying ourselves a lawsuit’: A proposed abortion bill might be unconstitutional, but that’s not stopping Utah lawmakers
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/25/2018)

Lawmakers From Both Sides Of The Aisle Unveil Bills To Help Working Women, Families 
KUER
(1/25/2018)

Utah bill would make abortions related to Down syndrome diagnosis illegal 
BYU Daily Universe
(1/25/2018)

Lawmakers unveil slate of bills aimed to aid women, the poor 
AP
(1/25/2018)

Bill would prohibit abortion when motivation for it is Down syndrome
Deseret News
(1/22/2018)

ACLU's Marina Lowe on KRCL's RadioActive Show
KRCL (audio)
(1/22/2018)  

Utah cops would have to answer more questions before getting a no-knock warrant, under new proposal
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/14/2018)

‘Can you help me get out of here?’ — Utah sued over ‘inadequate’ system of care for developmentally disabled adults
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/13/2018)

After 2 days in a Utah jail for drug possession, she fell out of her bunk, ruptured her spleen and died. Now her family is suing
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/5/2018)

Mom files lawsuit over daughter's death in Davis County Jail
Deseret News
(1/4/2018)

For Native Americans, a ‘Historic Moment’ on the Path to Power at the Ballot Box
New York Times
(1/4/2018) 


 

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ACLU of Utah opposes work requirements in Utah Medicaid waiver proposal

03 August 2018 Published in Newsroom
On Friday, August 4, 2018, the ACLU of Utah submitted a public statement in opposition to the work requirements requested in the "1115 Primary Care Network Demonstration Waiver."

Utah Pride Center and ACLU of Utah to Host Special Training to Safeguard Gender Diverse Youth in Utah Schools

03 July 2018 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2018 Salt Lake City | On July 12ththeACLU of Utah and Utah Pride Center will conduct a special training taught by trans advocates and trans youth about how to create safe learning environments for trans students at school.  This event will be held at the new Utah Pride Center office at 1380 Main Street in Salt Lake City from 5PM-8PM. The program is free, but participants can RSVP at Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/257610634988779/ The organizers are inviting all students, educators, parents, counselors, administrators, school board members, and community members to participate in this training in order to propel a cultural change in Utah schools. “Trans youth are everywhere in Utah—in our churches, in our communities, and in our schools,” said Ermiya Fanaeian, co-founder of March For Our Lives SLC and a co-leader of the training. “This workshop will give educational stakeholders insight into the personal experiences of trans students and a toolkit for how they can make their school environment more welcoming and supportive for all students.” Also leading the training will be Jimmy Lee, the Youth Programs Coordinator at the Utah Pride Center. The training will be followed by a panel discussion featuring perspectives from…

Historic June 2018 Primary Election in San Juan County, UT

22 June 2018 Published in Newsroom
On Tuesday June 26th voters in San Juan County, Utah will go to the polls to cast their votes in a historic primary election. This will be the first election using new district boundaries for the county commission and school board. These new districts were created after a lawsuit filed by the Navajo Nation successfully challenged the previous district boundaries.

ACLU of Utah and Disability Law Center File Lawsuit To Make Jail Standards Public

30 May 2018 Published in Newsroom
ACLU of Utah and Disability Law Center File Lawsuit  To Make Jail Standards Public

Press Release: ACLU of Utah’s Campaign for Smart Justice Receives Questionnaire Responses from Prosecutor Candidates

30 May 2018 Published in Newsroom
PRESS RELEASE: ACLU of Utah’s Campaign for Smart Justice Receives Questionnaire Responses from Prosecutor Candidates May 29, 2018 Salt Lake City | On May 30 the ACLU of Utah’s Campaign for Smart Justice is publishing candidate responses to its prosecutor questionnaire that was sent to every county prosecutor candidate in Utah. The questionnaire asked candidates’ positions on ending mass incarceration, addressing racial disparities, and accountability for prosecutorial misconduct.  “Elections for county prosecutors often don’t receive the attention they deserve,” explains Jason Groth, the Smart Justice Coordinator at the ACLU of Utah. “But a single prosecutor sets the tone and assigns the priorities for how criminal justice is pursued for thousands of Utahns.” Ten county prosecutor candidates from Beaver, Grand, Iron, Salt Lake, Uintah, Utah, and Wasatch counties responded to the questionnaire. Contested races provided responses from multiple candidates, including both Salt Lake County general election candidates Sim Gill and Nathan Evershed. All three Wasatch County challengers to incumbent County Attorney Scott Sweat responded ahead of their Republican Primary Debate on June 5, which will be hosted by the ACLU of Utah’s Campaign for Smart Justice and Alliance for a Better Utah’s Education Fund.  The results of the questionnaire will be published on…

ACLU of Utah Sues Daggett County Jailers and State Corrections Officials Over Pattern of Abuse

15 May 2018 Published in Newsroom
The lawsuit on behalf of Dustin Porter and Steven Drollette (“Plaintiffs”) seeks damages and injunctive relief for a pattern of severe cruelty against them while they were incarcerated at the Daggett County Jail. In their complaints, the Plaintiffs describe being shocked with a Taser for guards’ entertainment, being attacked by police dogs, being physically assaulted, being threatened with a gun, and being denied medical and mental health care, among other instances of abuse.

ACLU of Utah Statement on the Release of the Body Camera Footage of the April 18th Police-Involved Shooting of Delorean Pikyavit

04 May 2018 Published in Newsroom
On April 30 the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) released the body-camera footage of the April 18 police-involved shooting of Delorean Pikyavit in Sugar House.

The ACLU of Utah Uncovers Details of Airport Chaos

24 April 2018 Published in Newsroom
PRESS RELEASE The ACLU of Utah Uncovers Details of Airport Chaos Created by the Trump Administration’s “Muslim” Ban as the U.S. Supreme Court Considers the Policy’s Future FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2018 Salt Lake City | On Wednesday morning the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Trump v. Hawaii, the ACLU’s legal challenge to the Trump administration’s third and latest travel ban focused primarily on majority-Muslim countries. A decision from the Court is expected in late June. The Trump administration’s initial Muslim Ban was issued on January 27, 2017, causing thousands of travelers to be detained, interrogated, and sent back to their point of origin. The ban led to protests at airports across the country, including hundreds gathered at Salt Lake City International Airport. A day after the travel ban took effect the ACLU secured a temporary injunction to halt it. While the Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in Washington, D.C., the ACLU of Utah continues to discover how the Muslim Ban was implemented at Salt Lake International Airport and other airports during the hours before and after the ACLU’s injunction shut it down. Over a year ago, on April 18, 2017, the ACLU of Utah,…

ACLU of Utah Statement on Retirement of Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Rollin Cook

18 April 2018 Published in Newsroom
ACLU of Utah Statement on Pending Retirement of Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Rollin Cook FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (PDF) April 18, 2018 Salt Lake City | The ACLU of Utah would like to make the following statement about the May 15 scheduled retirement of Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Rollin Cook. “The ACLU of Utah values the strong working relationship we’ve enjoyed with Rollin Cook,” said Brittney Nystrom, ACLU of Utah Executive Director. “He was always responsive to our concerns about the health, safety, and housing of inmates, as well as favoring increased transparency of prison policies and conditions. We hope to continue these same shared goals with his successor.” “Rollin kept an open mind to our input and he was open to making changes when he agreed with us,” said Leah Farrell, ACLU of Utah Staff Attorney. “Early on during his tenure, we brought several concerns about prison visitation policies to him, and the Department took quick action to address those concerns.”  # # # For more information about the ACLU of Utah or to be added to our media contact list, contact Jason Stevenson, Strategic Communications Manager, at (617) 290-8188 (cell), or email, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ACLU of Utah’s Campaign for Smart Justice to Release County Questionnaire for Prosecutor Candidates

10 April 2018 Published in Newsroom
On April 10th the ACLU of Utah is submitting questionnaires to every county prosecutor candidate in Utah so voters can be informed on the candidates’ positions on ending mass incarceration, addressing racial disparities, and accountability for prosecutorial misconduct.

ACLU of Utah Response to Recent Dismissal of Remick v. Utah Lawsuit Against the State’s Indigent Defense System

27 March 2018 Published in Newsroom
ACLU of Utah Response to Recent Dismissal of Remick v. Utah Lawsuit Against the State’s Indigent Defense System FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2018 On Friday March 23, 2018 the federal district court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Utah and the law firm of Holland & Hart in June 2016. This class action lawsuit alleges that the state fails to provide adequate legal defense for indigent clients as required by the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU of Utah is disappointed by the court’s decision, given that the same systemic problems in indigent defense described in the lawsuit continue to play themselves out every day for low-income people charged with crimes in Utah.  The court’s decision focused on whether the allegations of the complaint met federal pleading standards. The ruling, however, was by no means a vindication of Utah’s indigent defense system and described Utah's indigent defense system as a "cause for concern." The ACLU of Utah, together with co-counsel Holland & Hart, will continue efforts to ensure that everyone in Utah—no matter their income level—has access to effective legal counsel. The lawsuit was filed in 2016, coinciding with the ACLU of Utah’s “Yes on…

ACLU of Utah Organizes Online Students' Rights Training Workshop on March 12

08 March 2018 Published in Newsroom
March 8, 2017 Ahead of next Wednesday’s planned walk-outs at high schools across Utah and the nation, the ACLU of Utah is organizing a special training workshop for students and their allies on Monday, March 12, at 4pm MT. This will be a Utah-specific discussion of students' rights led by ACLU of Utah staff attorney Leah Farrell, along with more than dozen student leaders from local high schools. The workshop will be broadcast on Facebook Live starting at 4pm MT.    "Many students incorrectly assume that they 'shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,'” said Brittney Nystrom, Executive Director of the ACLU of Utah. “But the reality is that students have broad latitude to exercise their First Amendment rights in school and in the public square, and our organization is glad to spread knowledge of civil liberties and encourage civic engagement." This will be a Utah-specific discussion of students' rights led by ACLU of Utah staff attorney Leah Farrell, along with more than dozen student leaders from local high schools. "Many students incorrectly assume that they 'shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,'” said Brittney Nystrom, Executive Director of the ACLU of Utah. “But the reality is that students have broad latitude to exercise their First…

Settlement with Ogden City over Prior Gang Injunction

28 February 2018 Published in Newsroom
PRESS RELEASE: Settlement with Ogden City over Prior Gang Injunction February 28, 2018 Plaintiffs Leland McCubbin and Daniel Lucero, through their attorneys, John Mejia and Leah Farrell of the ACLU of Utah, and Randy Richards of Richards & Brown, and Ogden City, through their attorneys, Heather White and Scott Young of Snow, Christensen & Martineau, announce that Plaintiffs and Ogden City have reached a compromised settlement of claims raised by Plaintiffs against Ogden City in this case.   As part of that settlement, Plaintiffs and Ogden City have agreed to terms that mutually resolve disputes about the application of the prior gang injunction in a manner favorable to both Plaintiffs and Ogden City.  This settlement resolves all issues between Plaintiffs and Ogden City in the matter, including all appeals.  The case remains pending against the Weber County defendants. Media Contacts: Jason StevensonACLU of UtahStrategic Communications This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (cell) 617-290-8188(office) 801-871-0334 Heather S. White Snow, Christensen, & MartineauLawyer(office) 801-322-9125

ACLU of Utah Files Lawsuit Over Illegal Search and Unlawful Detention by Federal Agents

27 February 2018 Published in Newsroom
On Tuesday, February 27, 2018,  the ACLU of Utah Foundation, Inc.  announced a new lawsuit filed against United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S Marshals over two SWAT-style, home raids on a Utah family living in Heber City in April 2017. The ACLU of Utah is being joined in this lawsuit by the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, and Covington & Burling, LLP.

Settlement Announced in Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission v. San Juan County

21 February 2018 Published in Newsroom
The parties to the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission v. San Juan County have reached a positive settlement agreement regarding plaintiffs’ claims that San Juan County did not provide effective language assistance to Navajo-speaking voters and that Navajo voters had unequal voting opportunities in the County.

ACLU of Utah Statement on New Immigration Detention Facilities

27 October 2017 Published in Newsroom
U.S. Government issues RFI for new immigration detention facilities; advocates respond with information about escalating due process and civil rights violations.

Lack of Transparency Compounds Tragedy of Shooting Death of Patrick Harmon

10 October 2017 Published in Newsroom
“The shooting death of Patrick Harmon is a terrible tragedy, not just for his loved ones but for our entire community, and our elected officials must respond.” 

Voting Rights Lawsuit Over Navajo Voting Rights in San Juan County to Advance to Trial

12 September 2017 Published in Newsroom
View a PDF of this release  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2017 SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Jill Parrish issued a decision in Navajo Nation Human Rights Council v. San Juan County, et al, allowing the lawsuit to proceed to a trial on the merits of the plaintiffs’ claims that San Juan County is not providing effective language assistance to Navajo-speaking voters and is providing unequal voting opportunities to Navajo voters.  The plaintiffs, the Navajo Nation Human Rights Council and several individual members of the Navajo Nation, are represented by counsel from DLA Piper, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, ACLU of Utah, and the ACLU Voting Rights Project. In the lawsuit, plaintiffs challenged San Juan County’s decision to switch to a mail-only voting system and offer in-person early voting only in the majority white part of the County.  After plaintiffs sued in early 2016, the County announced it would reopen a limited number of polling places for election day voting and in future elections.  Plaintiffs continue to assert that the County is violating the federal Voting Rights Act and the United States Constitution.Judge Parrish also granted the plaintiffs’ motion to dismiss all of the counterclaims brought by the County and Commissioner Rebecca Benally, vindicating the plaintiffs’ assertion that the counterclaims were a distraction and immaterial to the issues at the…

ACLU of Utah Statement on DACA Program Termination

05 September 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Thousands of these youth have used their DACA status to give back to our country in innumerable ways: they are our doctors, soldiers, and students. These are our neighbors, family, and friends.”