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
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.
CREEC’s founders and executive directors Amy Robertson and Tim Fox met as associates at what was then Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and — in flagrant violation of Wilmer’s nonexistent anti-fraternization policy — married. They moved to Denver in 1995, where they spent a year working for two of Denver’s finest commercial firms. In 1996 they founded Fox & Robertson (F&R), determined to devote their careers to civil rights and to wear suits to work as rarely as possible. At F&R, Tim and Amy successfully litigated class action discrimination cases against major companies such as Kmart, Burger King, Taco Bell, and E*Trade Access as well as individual cases, all securing equal opportunity and greater access to the built environment for people with disabilities.
Tim and Amy founded CREEC in 2013 to continue to bring impact litigation and conduct more extensive community outreach, education, and proactive investigation.
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. In 2018 and 2019, respectively, CREEC created its Immigration Detention Accountability Project (IDAP) and Accessibility Project (AP).
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.