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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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Lawsuit Alleges ICE, DHS, and Vermont DMV Targeting Immigrant Leaders in Retaliation for Activis
Today, Vermont-based Migrant Justice filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)―with the assistance of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)―conducted an unlawful, multi-year operation to surveil,...
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Friday, June 08, 2018
Civil Rights Organizations Demand Court Order Requiring NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Reforms
Today, the attorneys behind three landmark class actions that challenged the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk and trespass enforcement practices as racially discriminatory and unconstitutional ( Floyd v. City of New York , Ligon v. City of New York , and Davis v. City of New York ) urged the federal court to...
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Friday, May 18, 2018
CCR in Disbelief at Confirmation of Gina Haspel, Outraged Former Head of CIA Torture Site Now CIA Director
In response to the Senate’s confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA Director, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement: The senators who voted in favor of Gina Haspel’s confirmation as director of the CIA sent a dangerous and shameful message, domestically and around the...
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Leading Civil Rights Organizations' Statement on Release of Report on Community Reforms to NYPD Practices
Today, a court-appointed facilitator, Ariel Belen, issued a report on community-generated reforms to New York City Police Department (NYPD) stop-and-frisk and trespass arrest practices that were developed as part of the Joint Remedial Process. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. (LDF...
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
On Nakba Day, Human Rights Groups Demand U.S. Halt Military Aid to Israeli Military Units That Killed and Injured Gaza Protesters
Today, a coalition of Palestinian and U.S.-based human rights groups submitted a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo demanding that the State Department investigate Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinians in Gaza, and halt any further assistance to Israeli military units involved in...
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Monday, May 14, 2018
CCR Condemns Israel’s Ongoing Massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and Ongoing U.S. Complicity with Occupation
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement: Israel’s state violence against Palestinians must end. Today Israel continued its campaign of willfully killing and injuring Palestinians in Gaza participating in the ‘Great March of Return’ as they demand their freedom and...
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Thursday, May 03, 2018
CCR Gitmo Lawyers React to First Transfer Under Trump
In response to news that the first detainee has been transferred out of Guantánamo under Trump, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: We are relieved that Mr. Al Darbi, who pled guilty before a military commission and agreed to cooperate with the government in...
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Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Appeals Court Reinstates No-Fly List Lawsuit by American Muslims Coerced to Spy by FBI
Today, a federal appeals court reinstated a lawsuit against 24 FBI agents alleging that they had placed or kept law-abiding American Muslims on the No-Fly List in an attempt to coerce the men into spying on their communities. The men—Muhammad Tanvir, Jameel Algibhah, Naveed Shinwari, and a fourth...
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Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Center for Constitutional Rights Executive Director and Board Chair Both Denied Entry into Israel
Vincent Warren , executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and Katherine Franke, chair of CCR’s board and Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University, were detained Sunday, April 29, for 14 hours and interrogated at Ben Gurion...
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Mentally Ill Gitmo Detainee Seeks Medical Review
Today, attorneys urged a federal judge to appoint a Mixed Medical Commission to assess whether Guantánamo prisoner Mohammed al Qahtani’s mental illness is so severe that he must be repatriated. Al Qahtani is the only Guantánamo prisoner the U.S. government has explicitly acknowledged torturing. His...
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