Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

Releases by this organization

Newswire article
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Civil Liberties Groups Release First Comprehensive Report on Ag-Gag Laws
Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Defending Rights & Dissent released a comprehensive report on state ag-gag laws, which prohibit whistleblowing and undercover investigations in animal agriculture. The report, “Ag-Gag Across America: Corporate-backed Attacks on Activists and...
Read more
Newswire article
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Civil Rights Attorneys: Racial Disparities Persist in NYPD Stop and Frisk
Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) submitted a court filing highlighting ongoing racial disparities in the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices. CCR’s filing responds to the first report analyzing racial disparities in the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices, filed last week with the Federal...
Read more
Newswire article
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Court Won’t Reconsider Private Prisons’ Appeal
Last night, the two largest private prison corporations in the U.S. suffered their third defeat in the courts over whether they could keep the details of their government contracts secret. The full Second Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reconsider a decision by a three-judge panel dismissing...
Read more
Newswire article
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Gitmo Attorneys: Kelly's Aggressive Role at Guantánamo Makes Him "Unfit" to Lead DHS
In advance of the Senate confirmation hearing scheduled this afternoon for Retired Major General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement: General Kelly’s aggressive oversight of the illegal military...
Read more
Newswire article
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
CCR and DRUM File Freedom of Information Request Regarding Muslim Registry
Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to multiple federal agencies seeking documents related to the federal National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). NSEERS required nonimmigrants...
Read more
Newswire article
Friday, October 21, 2016
Appellate Court Reinstates Abu Ghraib Torture Lawsuit Against Private Military Contractor
Today, a panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit against private military contractor CACI Premier Technology, Inc. (CACI) for the corporation’s role in torture and other inhumane treatment at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. A lower court had dismissed the case,...
Read more
Newswire article
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
New York City Stop-and-Frisk Facts: CCR Issues Statement
The Center for Constitutional Rights, which argued and won the landmark case in New York City challenging the NYPD’s unconstitutional and racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices, issued the following statement: A federal court found stop and frisk as practiced in New York City both...
Read more
Newswire article
Thursday, August 18, 2016
DOJ to End Use of Private Prisons: CCR Says DHS and ICE Must Do the Same
In response to the news that the Department of Justice will cease to use private prisons, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: CCR welcomes the DOJ’s announcement that it will end the BOP’s use of private prisons over the next five years. The Department of Homeland...
Read more
Newswire article
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Brooklyn College Students Cleared at Controversial Disciplinary Hearing
In a written decision issued last Friday, a City University of New York (CUNY) disciplinary committee exonerated Sarah Aly and Thomas DeAngelis, two Brooklyn College students charged with violating the “Henderson Rules” for taking part in a February 16 “mic check” at a meeting of faculty council...
Read more
Newswire article
Thursday, May 12, 2016
CCR Mourns the Passing of Michael Ratner
The Center for Constitutional Rights is sad to release the following statement on the occasion of the passing of the Center’s president emeritus Michael Ratner: From Attica to Assange, Michael Ratner has defended, investigated, and spoken up for victims of human rights abuses all over the world...
Read more

Pages