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

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Monday, April 26, 2021
Following Government’s Forced ‘Death Flight’ Deportations and Torture of Black Immigrants, Advocates Seek Answers
Civil rights attorneys today submitted a pair of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the federal government seeking information on the government’s use of force, including the use of pepper spray, to coerce Cameroonian asylum seekers in custody to sign their own deportation paperwork and...
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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Chauvin Found Guilty, Black Communities No Safer
In response to the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: Despite today’s guilty verdict, true justice for George Floyd and the other Black lives snuffed out by police has yet...
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Wednesday, April 07, 2021
Former Prisoner in Federal “Communications Management Unit” Seeks Justice for Unconstitutional Placement
Today, lawyers for men who had been imprisoned in secretive federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) “Communication Management Units” (CMUs) asked the D.C. Court of Appeals to rule that the BOP violated due process. The appeal filed today argues that the BOP has failed to provide constitutionally adequate...
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Friday, April 02, 2021
Biden Repeal of Trump International Criminal Court Sanctions Welcome but Overdue, Say Lawyers for Victims at ICC
In response to the Biden administration’s revocation of a Trump-era Executive Order and sanctions against International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and senior aide Phakiso Mochochoko, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: Trump’s sanctions set a...
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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Church Joins Lawsuit Against ICE with Religious Discrimination Claims
Today, the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City joined a lawsuit, brought by four sanctuary leaders and immigrant rights advocacy groups, suing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and various officials for targeting the women with retaliatory and excessive civil fines. For several years,...
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Friday, March 19, 2021
On 18th Anniversary of U.S. Invasion of Iraq, Center for Constitutional Rights Joins Iraqi Calls for Redress and Demands Biden End Unbounded Militarism
On the 18th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: Eighteen years after the United States invaded Iraq on a patently false basis, we uplift the work of Iraqi activists, civil society, and their partners building local and...
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Monday, March 08, 2021
Gitmo Torture Survivor Asks Court to Reject Eleventh-Hour Trump Bid to Deny Medical Evaluation
Lawyers representing Guantánamo prisoner Mohammed al Qahtani are urging a federal judge to deny an effort by the Trump administration in its final days to reverse a court order to convene a panel of medical experts to evaluate him. A former Defense Department official appointed by Trump attempted...
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Wednesday, March 03, 2021
In Court Friday: Case Alleges Family Separation Amounts to Torture, Crimes Against Humanity
On Friday, March 5, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET, attorneys representing a father (“Mr. C.”) and his then-19-month-old son, who were detained and forcibly separated for nearly six months after seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, will argue telephonically to a federal court judge in New York, against...
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Federal Court Again Blocks Trump-Era Asylum Transit Ban
A federal court has again blocked a Trump administration ban that categorically denied asylum to anyone at the southern border who had transited through a third country en route to the United States, with very limited exceptions. The lawsuit, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Barr, was filed by the...
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Wednesday, February 03, 2021
Lawsuit Filed Over Migrant Deaths at U.S.-Mexico Border
Today, as the humanitarian-aid group No More Deaths and community organization La Coalición de Derechos Humanos released the third installment of their “Disappeared” report about the ongoing crisis of death and disappearance along the U.S.-Mexico border, No More Deaths and the Center for...
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