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.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Center for Constitutional Rights Condemns House Vote on Anti-BDS Resolution
In response to the passage of House Resolution 246, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: “Today’s vote on H.R. 246 exposes the hypocrisy of lawmakers who claim to stand in solidarity with marginalized communities. The tactic of boycott is essential for these...
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Groups File Federal Lawsuit Challenging New Trump Asylum Restrictions
The American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Center for Constitutional Rights filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s new asylum restrictions. The following comments are from: ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt: “This is the Trump administration’s most...
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
D.C. Court Asked to Dismiss SLAPP Lawsuit Against Academic Boycott of Israel
Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17, at 10 a.m., the Superior Court in Washington, D.C. will hear arguments by attorneys representing the American Studies Association (ASA) and nine individuals who were sued after the ASA passed a resolution to endorse the call by Palestinian civil society for a boycott...
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Independent Investigation by Inspector General Slams NYPD for Continued Biased Policing Six Years After Stop-and-Frisk Trial
In response to a scathing report on biased policing released today by the Office of the Inspector General for the New York City Police Department, the Center for Constitutional Rights, which brought the landmark NYPD stop-and-frisk case, Floyd v. City of New York , issued the following statement:...
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Monday, June 24, 2019
Supreme Court Rules Against Government Transparency in Contracts with Private Businesses
Today, the Supreme Court reversed decades of precedent barring private corporations from interfering with the government’s obligations to release information to the public pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, Justice Gorsuch, writing...
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Thursday, June 06, 2019
Center for Constitutional Rights Alleges U.S. Interference Into International Criminal Court
Yesterday, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a complaint with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers alleging ongoing interference by the United States into the operations of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and requesting a formal...
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Center for Constitutional Rights Launches Open Records Project
Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights launched the Open Records Project: FOIA for the Movement , which will provide resources and trainings focused on the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state open records requests to assist advocates in more effectively using open records...
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Friday, May 10, 2019
Human Rights Attorneys in Court to Defend Lawsuit Challenging Unlawful Trump Administration Turnback Policy
The Southern Poverty Law Center, Center for Constitutional Rights, and American Immigration Council argued in federal district court today against the government’s effort to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's unlawful turnbacks of asylum seekers who present themselves at ports...
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Human Rights Lawyers React to Israeli Deportation Ruling on Human Rights Watch Israel and Palestine Director
Today, in response to news that the deportation from Israel of Human Rights Watch Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir has been upheld, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: Israel’s attempts to deport Omar Shakir are part of its broader efforts to prevent human...
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Friday, April 12, 2019
ICC Refuses to Investigate Crimes in Afghanistan, Including U.S. Torture
In what human rights groups call an appalling decision, the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II decided not to grant the Prosecutor’s request to open an investigation into alleged crimes committed in Afghanistan and on the territory of other States Parties implicated in the U.S. torture program. Tens of...
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