Who we are

About CREEC

Privilege does not have to be negative, but we have to share our resources and take direction about how to use our privilege in ways that empower those who lack it.

bell hooks, Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism

Our Mission 

The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) is a nonprofit membership organization whose goal is to ensure that everyone can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civic life without discrimination based on race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  

What We Do

We challenge discrimination through litigation and education, seeking systemic change and improvement in individual lives. CREEC provides legal expertise as well as education and resources to individuals, advocates, and lawyers in the immigrant and civil rights communities.

CREEC’s work focuses on empowering communities through education and instructional resources, discourse, outreach, advocacy, collaboration, and well-timed humor. However, our work doesn’t stop there. We investigate and hold to account the powerful and the privileged and protect and promote civil rights through class-action, systemic, and individual litigation, administrative complaints, and structured negotiations.

Our Story

CREEC was founded in 2013 by Tim Fox and Amy Robertson, two civil rights litigators who had spent the previous 17 years at their small private firm, Fox & Robertson. Tim and Amy started CREEC to continue to bring impact litigation and conduct more extensive community outreach, education, and proactive investigation. In 2018 and 2019, respectively, CREEC created its Immigration Detention Accountability Project (IDAP) and Accessibility Project. In 2021, Amy and Tim concluded that two introverted lawyers had taken CREEC as far as they could and, with hard work and insight from board and staff, searched for an Executive Director with real nonprofit management experience. They were thrilled to hand the reins to Martie Lafferty, who has all those skills and a wealth of civil rights and disability rights experience as well.

CREEC is based in Denver with satellite offices in Berkeley, Nashville, and Los Angeles. CREEC continues to litigate cases nationwide and to provide education and technical resources across the country.

Selected CREEC Awards and Honors

  • In 2020, CREEC was honored to receive the Health Equity Champion Award from the Center for Health Progress.
  • In 2018, Tim Fox and Amy Robertson received the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award from the ACLU of Colorado.
  • In 2017, Amy Robertson was part of the litigation team that was recognized by Public Justice as Trial Lawyers of the Year Finalists. 
  • In 2017, CREEC was recognized by The Center on Colfax, Colorado’s largest LGBTQ community center with the Visionaries in Action Award.
  • In 2016, CREEC received the Fair Housing Leadership Award from the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center.