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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Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Human Rights Attorneys Decry Trump Plan to Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital
In response to reports that the Trump administration plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: Trump’s reckless and disruptive plan to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel runs contrary to fundamental...
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Trump Lawyers Attempt to Sue an Environmental Philosophy Under Anti-Racketeering Laws
On behalf of the environmental magazine the Earth First! Journal, the Center for Constitutional Rights urged a court to dismiss parts of a lawsuit brought by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). ETP and ETE are part-owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and have...
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Monday, November 20, 2017
Two Years After Historic Settlement Ending Indefinite Solitary Confinement in CA, CCR Details Ongoing Violations, Releases Report Showing Lasting Consequences of SHU Post-Release
Two years after the historic settlement of Ashker v. Governor of California marked the end of indefinite solitary confinement in California, the Center for Constitutional Rights and co-counsel filed a motion to extend the terms of the settlement by one year, noting that substantial reforms are...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Improved NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Training Not a Silver Bullet, Say Rights Attorneys
In response to the new stop-and-frisk training materials that will be used to train all NYPD patrol officers, sergeants, and lieutenants over the next 18 months to 2 years, and which were developed under a federal court order to correct the legally incorrect training officers received for many...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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