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July 2020 

 Woman claims officer profiled her in DUI arrest because she is Black, lawsuit states
Deseret News 
(07/01/2020) 

59 inmates test positive for coronavirus in outbreak at Washington County jail
Deseret News 
(07/01/2020) 

Peaceful protests in Provo Wednesday night
KSL News Radio 
(07/01/2020) 

Family, friends of inmates gather at Washington County jail, site of COVD-19 outbreak
St. George Spectrum and Daily News
(07/04/2020) 

Telling It Like It Is
City Weekly
(07/08/2020)

Purgatory turns corner as positive COVID-19 test numbers drop following outbreak
St. George Spectrum
(07/09/2020) 

Protesters rally for more inmate releases during Weber jail's COVID-19 outbreak
Ogden Standard Examiner 
(07/10/2020) 

Speed of COVID-19 spread shown at Washington County jail where 92 inmates were infected
St. George Spectrum and Daily News
(07/10/2020)

 Protesters rally at Washington County Attorney's office over COVID-19 outbreak at jail
St. George Spectrum
(07/11/2020) 

Federal inmates sue Weber County over the coronavirus outbreak in the jail
Salt Lake Tribune 
(07/13/2020) 

Inmates sue Utah jail to allege inadequate virus response
AP
(07/14/2020) 

Utah Judicial Council creates new office to tackle racism and bias in court system
ABC4 
(07/15/2020) 

New hot spots, sick politicians, mask fights: News from around our 50 states
USA Today 
(07/15/2020) 

ACLU Utah condemns 'disproportionate and militarized' police response to recent protests
FOX13 
(07/18/2020) 

ACLU denounces 'demonstration of militarized' police force at Utah protests
KUTV
(07/18/2020) 

Protesters against police brutality call for greater community control
Deseret News 
(07/18/2020) 

Inside Sources: One traffic stop, two stories regarding the arrest of a Black woman in Utah
KSL
(07/22/2020) 

Supreme Court decision reignites the fight over Utah’s 18-week abortion law
Salt Lake Tribune 
(07/22/2020) 

ACLU says Utah police have used unnecessary force against protesters
Salt Lake Tribune 
(07/22/2020) 

ACLU, inmates at Weber Co. Jail continue to ask for early releases after COVID-19 outbreak
ABC 4
(07/23/2020) 

20 Men With Guns Confront Solo Armed Black Protester at Utah Capitol
Newsweek 
(07/23/2020) 

The birth of a militia: how an armed group polices Black Lives Matter protests
The Guardian 
(07/27/2020) 

June 2020 

 Panel addresses racism in Utah while protesters gather downtown for 11th rally in 12 days
Salt Lake Tribune 
(06/11/2020) 

18 Utah counties don’t provide prepaid postage on by-mail ballots. They can still vote, ACLU says.
Salt Lake Tribune 
(06/17/2020) 

Weber County Jail tests for more COVID-19 infections; inmates allege insufficient protections
Ogden Standard Examiner 
(06/24/2020) 

Salt Lake County DA will not prosecute curfew violations after May 30 protest
KSL 
(06/25/2020) 

Postage On Mail-In Ballots? ACLU Raises Issue For June Primary
KPCW 
(06/25/2020) 

Wednesday Night’s Protest Allowed Back On Streets
KUER
(06/25/2020) 

Black Woman Sues Murray City Over 2018 Arrest, Alleging Racial Bias
KUER 
(06/29/2020) 

Black Lives Matter Utah founder talks racism, police brutality and what needs to happen next
Deseret News
(06/29/2020) 

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law
AP 
(06/30/2020) 

Black woman sues Utah police officer for unlawful arrest
AP
(06/30/2020) 

Utah woman sues Murray City on claims of racial profiling, wrongful arrest
KUTV 
(06/30/2020) 

Weber County voting, purely via mail-in ballots, unfolds quietly, without hiccups
Ogden Standard Examiner
(06/30/2020) 

Utah woman sues Murray police alleging racial bias in traffic stop
Ogden Standard Examiner 
(06/30/2020) 

Five inmates at the Weber County jail have coronavirus
Salt Lake Tribune 
(06/30/2020) 

May 2020 

Experiment ends as only 1 of 13 arrivals in Utah bothered to fill out requested health forms
Salt Lake Tribune 
(05/02/2020)

Government contracts with Banjo could be on pause for months as state conducts audit
Salt Lake Tribune 
(05/04/2020)

Robert Gehrke: Utah should have hit pause on Banjo even before we learned of its CEO’s ties to white supremacists
Salt Lake Tribune 
(05/05/2020) 

Utah prosecutor weighs in on suit demanding release of inmates
KSL News Radio
(05/07/2020)

Banjo CEO steps down as fallout from revelations of past ties to KKK continues
Deseret news
(05/08/2020) 

Former Operation Rio Grande collaborators now face off in governor’s race
Salt Lake Tribune 
(05/10/2020) 

Crime victims challenge ACLU's Supreme Court petition requesting faster inmate releases amid pandemic
Ogden Standard Examiner
(05/10/2020) 

Weber, Box Elder jails dropped from accelerated inmate release petition by ACLU
Ogden Standard Examiner 
(05/14/2020) 

ACLU drops its coronavirus lawsuit against Utah’s county jails, but not the prison
Salt Lake Tribune 
(05/14/2020) 

Groups seeking release of Utah inmates amid pandemic drop case against county jails
Deseret News 
(05/15/2020) 

Putting personal privacy first: Libertas wants new government tech screened for invasive potential
Deseret News 
(05/15/2020) 

April 2020 

Can mail-in voting save the 2020 election?
Deseret News
(04/07/2020)

Utah officials react to demands that more prisoners be released due to coronavirus
Ogden Standard Examiner
(04/07/2020)

Uinta County Immigration Detention Center Plans Canceled
AP
(04/09/2020)

Victims of violent crimes in Utah file to motion to block release of prisoners because of COVID-19
The Washington Times 
(04/09/2020)

Second company abandons Evanston immigration jail project
Wyoming File
(04/09/2020)

Utah nixes cellphone alert five days after system began
Moab Sun 
(04/13/2020)

Utah June Primaries Could Be Conducted Almost Entirely Through Mail-In Ballots And Drive-Up Voting
KUER
(04/16/2020)

Salt Lake County jail won’t talk about its coronavirus outbreak
Salt Lake Tribune
(04/21/2020)

Robert Gehrke: The Salt Lake County jail is refusing to give the public access to coronavirus info we’re entitled to
Salt Lake Tribune
(04/22/2020)

Why Teenagers Seeking Abortion Care Are Texting ‘Abby’
Rewire News
(04/24/2020) 

Salt Lake County responds to ACLU-led lawsuit to release inmates
ABC4
(04/27/2020)

Salt Lake County Jail traces virus spread, boasts no current known cases
Deseret News 
(04/27/2020)

Utah jailers say they’re proud of their coronavirus response, reject lawsuit
Salt Lake Tribune 
(04/27/2020)

Utah jailers say they’re proud of their coronavirus response, reject lawsuit
Salt Lake Tribune 
(04/27/2020)

Utah A.G. halts $21 million Banjo contract as founder’s past ties with KKK unveiled
Deseret News 
(04/28/2020)

 

 

March 2020 

Utah proposal to add warning label to porn moves forward
AP
(03/01/2020) 

Utah ultrasound abortion bill greenlighted by House committee
Deseret News
(03/03/2020) 

Utah Senate votes to ban all elective abortions — if Supreme Court ever allows it
(03/02/2020) 

Utah ultrasound abortion bill greenlighted by House committee
Deseret News 
(03/03/2020) 

Weber County conducting 'pilot', elects for one polling location
FOX13
(03/03/2020) 

Weber County move to Election Day voting at Union Station surprises, miffs some
Standard Examiner
(03/03/2020) 

Pre-abortion ultrasound mandate progresses to Utah House
Salt Lake Tribune
(03/03/2020) 

Weber County has just one polling station. Is that enough?
KUTV 
(03/04/2020) 

Bills to widen public access to jail documents advance in Utah Legislature
Ogden Standard Examiner 
(03/05/2020) 

Utah company Banjo is building a massive surveillance system with the help of the state’s attorney general
Salt Lake Tribune
(03/08/2020) 

Utah abortion ban, ultrasound requirement bills approved by committees
Deseret News 
(03/09/2020) 

Anti-Abortion Bills Advance As Lawmaker Draws Criticism For ‘Magic Word’ Comments
KSL TV
(03/10/2020) 

The Utah State Legislature declines to fund Banjo, and now could look at regulating it
FOX 13 
(03/10/2020) 

Utah Takes Cues From Courts On Anti-Abortion Bills
KUER
(03/10/2020) 

Exclusive: Utah tech CEO tells 2News he welcomes an audit after privacy criticism
KUTV
(03/10/2020)

Provo representative’s prosecutor, county jail data bill advances through Senate committee
Provo Daily Herald
(03/10/2020) 

Utah spent $250K on a surveillance company instead of a lifesaving overdose drug
Salt Lake Tribune
(03/10/2020)

Bill aims to ‘create civility’ in public meetings by increasing penalties for disruptive behavior
St. George News
(03/10/2020)

Coronavirus and crime: Jail counts fall as police give non-violent offenders citations, not handcuffs
Ogden Standard Examiner
(03/30/2020)

February 2020 

Highland lawmaker introduces bill to require warning labels on pornographic material
Daily Herald 
(02/04/2020) 

Utah bill requires warning label for pornographic material
KUTV
(02/04/2020) 

Utah anti-pornography bill would require labels warning of ‘low self-esteem,’ ‘addictive sexual behavior’
Salt Lake Tribine
(02/04/2020) 

Lawmaker wants warning labels on pornography
Utah Policy
(02/04/2020) 

A Proposed Utah Law Would Require Porn to Have Warning Labels About Its Dangers
Relevant
(02/05/2020) 

Utah Lawmaker Proposes Bill Requiring Pornography to Have a Warning Label
ChristianHeadlines.com
(02/06/2020) 

Salt Lake City’s Homeless Relocation Plan Backfires
Invisible People
(02/10/2020) 

Bigamy is a felony in Utah. A new bill would change it to an infraction
CNN 
(02/11/2020) 

Polygamy bill passes Utah Senate committee
FOX 13 
(02/10/2020) 

Porn warning label bill passes out of Utah House committee
FOX 13 
(02/11/2020) 

Bill sponsored by Provo lawmaker would require prosecutors to track data on race, gender
Daily Herald
(02/10/2020) 

Utah porn warning label proposal gains despite some mocking
AP
(02/12/2020) 

Committee approves bill requiring warning on pornography
Deseret News/KSL
(02/11/2020) 

More Tweaks To Utah’s Medical Cannabis Law Aim To Clear Criminal Records
KUER
(02/12/2020)

Polls shows Utahns aren’t concerned about facial recognition software. Lawmakers and privacy advocates say they should be.
Salt Lake Tribune
(02/13/2020) 

Pornography warning label bill clears House committee
Salt Lake Tribune
(02/11/2020) 

Utahns, lawmaker disagree on police use of DNA databases
Salt Lake Tribune
(02/17/2020) 

Bill to protect children from parental drug, alcohol abuse moves to the Senate
KUTV
(02/18/2020) 

Porn warning label bill passes the Utah House
FOX 13 
(02/18/2020) 

Utah bill would impose a pre-abortion ultrasound requirement
SLTrib
(02/20/2020) 

A ban on elective abortions has been introduced in the Utah State Legislature
FOX 13
(02/21/2020) 

Utah lawmakers eyeing more restrictions on abortion
Deseret News
(02/23/2020) 

Utah’s bill on fetal remains highlights abortion battle lines
Salt Lake Tribune 
(02/23/2020) 

Poll suggests most Utahns oppose additional abortion restrictions
ABC4 
(02/24/2020)

Poll: Utahns say state doesn't need more restrictions on abortion
KSL
(02/24/2020) 

A bill to ban elective abortions in Utah won't take effect unless Roe v. Wade is overturned
FOX 13 
(02/24/2020) 

Polygamy bill clears a Utah House committee
FOX13
(02/24/2020)

Utah Abortion Ban Bill Doesn't Represent Will Of The People, Planned Parenthood Says
KUER (NPR) 
(02/24/2020) 

Lehi could be Utah's next sanctuary city for the unborn
KUTV 
(02/24/2020) 

Poll: Most Utahns would oppose tighter abortion restrictions
Salt Lake Tribune
(02/24/2020) 

Utah woman takes plea deal in case of stepchildren seeing her topless
Deseret News
(02/25/2020) 

Utah woman pleads guilty to lewdness for being topless in her own home
SL Trib
(02/25/2020) 

Utah could charge for mandated pre-abortion ultrasounds under new bill language
SL Trib
(02/25/2020) 

Utah woman accused of being topless with stepkids takes plea deal
AP
(02/26/2020) 

Black Lives Matter Chapter Opens In Southern Utah
KUER
(02/26/2020) 

Pornography labeling bill sponsored by Highland representative passes through Utah Senate committee
Herald Extra 
(02/26/2020) 

Utah abortion ban proposal gets early nod from lawmakers
AP
(02/27/2020) 

Robert Gehrke: Making laws to make political points is nothing new, but here are a few glaring examples
SL Trib 
(02/27/2020) 

Utah abortion ultrasound bill fuels heated debate in House committee
Deseret News
(02/28/2020) 

Bill to regulate facial recognition technology in Utah is unveiled in the legislature
FOX 13
(02/29/2020) 

January 2020 

Homeless Hearts
City Weekly
(01/02/2020)

Police could be banned from accessing home DNA test data under a bill in the Utah legislature
Fox 13
(01/02/2020)

Utah DPS facing scrutiny over face recognition
Planet Biometrics
(01/03/2020) 

Catholic Community Services, Pulse for Good aim to improve experience for homeless clients
Salt Lake Tribune
(01/03/2020) 

Big data, high-tech tools enhancing law enforcers’ jobs
Deseret News
(01/06/2020) 

Give Them Shelter
City Weekly
(01/09/2020) 

Davis sheriff's office cites 100% compliance in latest annual jail inspection
Standard-Examiner
(01/08/2020) 

Court rejects Allred's request to disqualify judge in gang injunction case
Standard-Examiner
(01/09/2020) 

Weber County loses bid to remove a judge for calling an attorney a ‘liar’
Salt Lake Tribune
(01/09/2020) 

Summit County aims to highlight the census at Monday town hall
Park Record
(01/13/2020) 

Reese: Homeless Utahns Are Being Ignored
Daily Chronicle 
(01/12/2020) 

Polémica por placa de auto con mensaje antiinmigrante
Telemundo Utah 
(01/13/2020) 

Tampon tax discussion must include every person who menstruates.
City Weekly
(01/15/2020) 

The Justice Files: Legislation would restrict DNA usage
ABC 4 
(01/17/2020) 

LGBT activists say new bills, including ones in Utah, target transgender youth
Salt Lake Tribune/AP
(01/19/2020) 

Proposed Bill Would Block Law Enforcement From Accessing Your DNA Test Kit Info
KUER
(01/20/2020) 

Why did Utah officials approve a ‘FUHRER’ license plate? They won’t say.
SLTrib 
(01/20/2020) 

Judge deals blow to woman charged for being topless at home
ABC 4 
(01/21/2020) 

Judge won’t toss charges for woman who was topless in front of stepchildren
Deseret News
(01/21/2020) 

Judge upholds Utah’s lewdness statute in case involving topless woman inside her own home
FOX13
(01/21/2020) 

Judge rejects challenge from Utah woman charged for being topless in her own home
SLTrib 
(01/21/2020) 

Utah Judge Upholds Lewdness Law in Case of Woman Charged with Being Topless at Home
Newsweek
(01/21/2020) 

Judge deals blow to Utah woman charged for being topless at home in front of stepchildren
AP
(01/22/2020) 

Mayors Erin Mendenhall and Jenny Wilson ask Utah courts to let ‘Dreamers’ practice law
FOX13
(01/22/2020) 

Utah court rules against Salt Lake City woman charged with lewdness after stepchildren saw her topless
New York Daily News 
(01/22/2020) 

Utah woman charged after going topless in front of stepkids inside own home faces setback in court
FOX News
(01/22/2020) 

Utah Judge Rules Against Woman Who Was Topless in Her Own Garage
New York Times
(01/22/2020) 

Previewing the 2020 Utah Legislative Session
KCPW
(01/23/2020) 

Utah Judge Rules Against Topless Stepmom's Equal Protection Challenge
Reason.com
(01/23/2020) 

Stepmom in Utah Could Still Go to Jail for Hanging Drywall Topless in Her Own Home
VICE 
(01/22/2020) 

Orem lawmaker drafting bill to ban hormone therapy, surgery for transgender minors
Daily Herald
(01/25/2020) 

Undocumented ‘Dreamers’ can now become attorneys in Utah
Salt Lake Tribune 
(01/30/2020) 

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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.”

ACLU of Utah Statement on Operation Rio Grande

16 August 2017 Published in Newsroom
  UPDATE: Check out the ACLU of Utah's October 2018 report, "Calculating the Real Cost of Operation Rio Grande"-- to learn why we believe Operation Rio Grande was a "hurried and heavy-handed response" that prioritized arrests and detentions over treatment and housing, and has left thousands of city residents much worse off than they were before.   Download the report (PDF) Watch the October 18, 2018 Panel Discussion (YouTube)   "In its current phase, Operation Rio Grande appears to rely on simply more of the same ineffective attempts to control the complex social issues of poverty, substance use disorder and mental illness through the same traditional mechanisms of our broken criminal justice system."

As Youth Head Back to School, New Laws for Youth Justice System

16 August 2017 Published in Newsroom
 “We want to be sure that Utah’s youth, and the adults in their lives, are aware that there are new rules about how youth are to be treated when they come into contact with the juvenile justice system.”

Don't Block Constituents on Social Media, ACLU of Utah Warns Federal Delegation

08 August 2017 Published in Newsroom
"Because your social media pages are a public forum, your blocking of these individuals is an unconstitutional restriction on their right to free speech under the First Amendment.”

ACLU of Utah Files Lawsuit Over Legal Representation for People with Disabilities

27 June 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Guardianship, like prison, takes away an individual’s freedoms."

Traveling to Texas May Result in Violations of Constitutional Rights

09 May 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Everyone has constitutional rights in this country. The state of Texas, and every law enforcement officer in that state, must respect those rights."

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