From the Director's Chair

Executive Director Brittney Nystrom

Welcome to the new format of the Liberty Reporter! We hope you are enjoying the update to a sleeker and more environmentally friendly electronic edition of our newsletter.   


When COVID-19 upended our ability to work from a shared office, we also took the opportunity to reexamine nearly all our work tools, traditions, and tactics. Over the past several months, we have overhauled our accounting software, implemented

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case management and volunteer management systems, and tried out several platforms that allow our team to stay in touch while we all continue working from home. This e-newsletter is the latest shift and one we hope you enjoy. 

In addition to changing our technological landscape, our staffing has shifted in some exciting new ways. On the heels of a phenomenal 2020 Voting Rights Campaign, Nikila Venugopal has agreed to stay with our team for an additional year as our inaugural Director of Campaigns. We are certain that Niki will lead our community outreach and organizing work to exciting new levels. Additionally, we are thrilled that Valentina De Fex has assumed the role of Staff Attorney after completing a successful year as our first Immigrants’ Rights Legal Fellow. To continue advancing immigrants’ and refugees’ civil rights and liberties in Utah, we anticipate adding an Immigrants’ Rights Policy Fellow to the staff. Thirdly, we are pleased to announce Malyssa Egge as the affiliate’s Indigenous Justice Coordinator in charge of a new project to understand the opportunities and challenges Indigenous Utahns face in exercising their constitutional rights and liberties. Our team also greatly benefitted from the contributions and insights of Smart Justice Legislative Fellow Nickelis DeJong throughout his fellowship this winter. 

 

Finally, as the academic year wraps up, we eagerly await the arrival of our 2021 summer intern class.  Many of you know that our legal and policy work receives a huge boost in the summer months thanks to the amazing talent of our interns.  What you may not know is that the ACLU of Utah is committed to expanding our paid internships for both summer and semester interns so that financial barriers cannot stop a brilliant student intern from joining our team.    

 

If you would like to financially support our ongoing programs and campaigns, we would welcome your online donation in any amount. You can also contact Erin Hurtado, our Development Director, at ehurtado@acluutah.org or 801-871-0331, to discover how your gift can extend the ACLU of Utah’s impact in our state.  

 

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