ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - Arapahoe County has agreed to pay $30,000 to a domestic violence victim who was held in custody after a judge ordered her release.
Claudia Valdez called police in July 2012 when an argument with her husband turned physical, according to the ACLU.
"When law enforcement arrived on the scene, they arrested Valdez and took her to jail," the ACLU said. "After her husband admitted that he had been the aggressor, a judge ordered Valdez’s release."
However, instead of releasing Valdez, the ACLU said the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office held her for three additional days in compliance with a detainer request from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
"When ICE asks a sheriff to hold a prisoner, the agency is essentially asking the sheriff to make a new arrest. And Colorado law just does not provide authority to sheriffs to make that arrest," said Mark Silverstein, Legal Director for the ACLU of Colorado.
The ACLU said since it complained about the practice, more than two dozen sheriffs around the state, including Arapahoe County, have changed their policies and announced that they will stop honoring ICE detainer requests.
Valdez has lived in Colorado for 15 years and is facing deportation as a result of her arrest in 2012.
Read the ACLU letter sent to all Colorado sheriffs in April: http://static.aclu-co.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ACLU-Letter-to-Colorado-Sheriffs.pdf
See a map from the ACLU showing which Colorado counties have stopped honoring ICE detainers: http://aclu-co.org/blog/map-ice-detainers/