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, 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Monday, May 09, 2016
Rights Group Challenges Law that Punishes Animal Rights Activists as “Terrorists”
Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) challenged the constitutionality of the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) on behalf of two activists convicted as terrorists for freeing thousands of mink and foxes from fur farms. The AETA punishes causing damage or loss to a business...
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
CCR Guantánamo Attorneys Denounce Proposed New Rules for Military Commissions
In response to reports of proposed new rules for the controversial military commissions system at Guantánamo, the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents men in all three categories of remaining detainees at the base – cleared men, “forever prisoners,” and those charged in the military...
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Monday, March 14, 2016
Civil Rights Attorneys Challenge Michigan Law That Led to Poisoning of Flint Water
Civil rights attorneys from the Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, National Lawyers Guild, Sanders Law Firm, the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights have filed an appeal in Phillips v. Snyder , a 2013 federal lawsuit challenging Michigan’s controversial emergency manager...
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Friday, March 11, 2016
CCR Experts Available for Comment on Senate Calls to Ship ISIS Detainees to Guantánamo
Center for Constitutional Rights attorneys are available to comment on recent calls in the Senate to move ISIS captures to Guantanamo. The Center for Constitutional Rights has led the legal battle over Guantánamo for nearly 14 years – representing clients in two Supreme Court cases and organizing...
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Former Guantánamo Chief Being Investigated for Torture Is a No-Show at French Court Hearing
Retired U.S. General Geoffrey Miller, the former Guantánamo prison chief, was a no-show in a French court Tuesday. Miller had been summoned to answer questions stemming from accusations that he oversaw the torture of three French nationals at Guantánamo prison. The Center for Constitutional Rights...
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
CCR Guantánamo Attorneys Criticize Obama Plan for Closing Prison
In response to the release of President Obama’s new plan to close Guantánamo, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: This is not a plan to close Guantánamo. It lays out several obvious steps that the Center for Constitutional Rights has long called for, and that the...
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