ACLU OF MONTANA FOUNDATION INC

aka ACLU-MT   |   Missoula, MT   |  www.aclumontana.org

Mission

Mission Statement: The mission of the ACLU of Montana is to defend, preserve, and advance civil liberties. Vision Statement: We envision a world where dignity, freedom, and civil liberties are a reality for each individual.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Caitlin Borgmann

Main address

Po Box 1968

Missoula, MT 59806 USA

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EIN

81-0445339

NTEE code info

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

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Our programs

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Criminal Justice System Reform

We aim to reform the criminal justice system, including reforming jails and prisons, ensuring the public defender system provides an adequate defense for all indigent defendants, outlawing and eliminating capital punishment, and reforming drug laws.

Population(s) Served

We aim to protect and preserve privacy rights, including a. opposing intrusive Government actions and unreasonable searches; b. protecting the right to sexual and reproductive health care; c. upholding LGBTQ Rights; and d. protecting the right to private, autonomous medical decisions.

Population(s) Served

We aim to defend religious expression and belief and preserve government neutrality.

Population(s) Served

We aim to fight for racial justice and immigrants' rights, which often impact voting rights. Priorities include racial profiling by law enforcement, including through anti-immigrant laws; the rise of debtors' prisons; and enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.

Population(s) Served

We aim to protect, defend, and advance First Amendment Rights.

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Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1972

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Among our civil liberties goals, we seek to a) reform the criminal justice system, specifically by reforming jails and prisons, ensuring the public defender system provides an adequate defense for all indigent defendants, abolish the death penalty, and reform drug laws; b) protect and preserve privacy rights, specifically by opposing intrusive government actions and unreasonable searches, protecting the right to sexual and reproductive health care, upholding LGBTQ rights, and preserving the right to private, autonomous medical decisions; c) defending religious expression and belief and preserving government neutrality; d) fighting for racial justice and immigrants' rights, especially with regards to the Native American community and access to voting, and e) protecting, defending, and advancing the first amendment.

The ACLU of Montana combines litigation with public education, media outreach, advocacy, and lobbying to effect change on the local and state levels.

We are ambitious, accountable, collaborative, disciplined and strategic. Within the national ACLU family, Montana is a relatively small affiliate - with around 1500 members and supporters. Scott Crichton has served as the organization's only paid, full-time executive director -- for over 26 years now. Until the mid-2000s, the staff size hovered around three. In 2006, the Montana affiliate was selected as one of five ACLU state affiliates for special consideration as part of the Strategic Affiliate Initiative (SAI) to provide additional resources and staffing. Today we have a total of 10 employees, who are primarily based in Helena and Missoula, and two who work in Bozeman and Billings. Our staff includes an executive director, deputy director, legal director, staff attorney, paralegal/intake coordinator, public policy director, communications director, development director, as well as an LGBT advocacy coordinator and office manager.

Each year, we process several hundred requests for legal assistance, send dozens of demand letters, have a legal docket of around a dozen cases, file a handful of amicus briefs, and have over 20 attorneys signed up to offer their assistance and expertise pro bono. Additionally, we track and testify on close to 100 legislative bills each session as well as routinely generating news and features stories on complex issues that would otherwise be ignored or obscured by the media.

Criminal Justice Reform - we successfully established that women and juveniles should have daily access to fresh air and sunshine after we sued Missoula County Detention Facility as well as opening access to bootcamp for women at Montana State Prison. We remain committed to work on conditions of confinement in all of Montana's county jails; working to abolish the death penalty in the next legislative session or through our lawsuit challenging the use of lethal injection; and ensuring an adequately funded public defender system.

Privacy Rights - we are making strong headway on establishing equal rights and benefits through domestic partnerships or full marriage equality for LGBT persons; we successfully led efforts to pass local non-discrimination ordinances in Missoula, Helena, Butte and Bozeman and are currently working in Billings. In the past legislative session, we worked with several Republican legislators to introduce and pass three digital privacy protection measures, though there is always more work to do in the area of technology and potential government abuses of power.

Racial Justice - we had a wonderful victory establishing that school districts on the Fort Peck Reservation had to be redrawn to fairly represent the Native American community and voting power in Wolf Point. We are embarking on an initiative to hear directly from the Native American community about what civil liberties issues might exist and that we could work collaboratively on together.

First Amendment (Free Speech / Religious Expression) - We continue to be vigilant when government violations arise in various ways around the state.

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ACLU OF MONTANA FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 1/9/2020
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Board chair

Vickie Christie

retired

Term: 2016 - 2023

Sheila Bonnand

Matt Beckstrom

Sarah Howell

Mary Hernandez

Gilbert Kalonde

David Nimick

Rachel Wanderscheid

Natascha Quimby

Kyle Waterman

Paul Silverman

Libby Smith

Anna Whiting Sorrell

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No