Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ACLU Director to Take New Post in Washington, D.C.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Monica Hopkins has been the executive director of the ACLU of Idaho since 2008. - BOISE WEEKLY
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  • Monica Hopkins has been the executive director of the ACLU of Idaho since 2008.


Monica Hopkins, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, is transferring to Washington, D.C., to act as the organization's regional executive director in the capital city.

Hopkins has held her position at the ACLU of Idaho since 2008. Her last day will be Friday, May 16.

“I am humbled to have been part of this incredible team and look forward to their continued success in championing the rights of all Idahoans,” Hopkins said in a press release.

During her six years as executive director, Hopkins tackled a variety of civil liberties issues. Hopkins saw out multiple lawsuits against the Canyon County jail in order to improve the health and safety conditions of prisoners, held Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) accountable for civil rights violations, and worked on creating a comprehensive outreach program that educates Idahoans about their rights. During the 2014 legislative session, Hopkins fought against the so-called “ag-gag” bill and protested the lack of support and resources for public defenders in the state of Idaho.

ACLU Board President Michael Bartlett feels that despite Hopkins departure, ACLU of Idaho will not lose ground.

“We are fortunate to have a well-oiled machine at the ACLU of Idaho,” Bartlett said in a press release. “I have no doubt that the staff will continue to fiercely defend the Constitutional rights of every Idahoan.” 

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