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Descendants Project Sues Parish to Invalidate Old Corrupt Zoning Ordinance Threatening the Health & Safety of Black Historic Community

St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, November 9, 2021 ‒ The Descendants Project, an organization founded to advocate for descendants of people once enslaved in Louisiana’s river parishes, today asked a district court to declare a decades-old rezoning ordinance null and void and order St. John the Baptist Parish to remove it from all of […]

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Civil Rights Groups to White House: Discriminatory ‘National Security’ Policies Must End

Twenty years after the U.S. declared its “War on Terror,” civil rights lawyers and advocates today sent the Biden administration a memorandum covering a range of federal policies and programs, all justified under the guise of protecting “national security,” but which unjustly surveil, profile, and criminalize Black, African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian […]

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Court Upholds $10 Million Judgment Against Bolivian Leaders for 2003 Massacre

Miami, April 5, 2021 – Today, a federal judge rejected an attempt by Bolivia’s former president, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, and former defense minister, José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, to vacate a $10 million damages award against them for the massacre of unarmed Indigenous people in 2003. A jury found the former officials liable under the […]

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Court Finds Systemic Constitutional Violations by CA Department of Corrections

EUREKA, Calif. Jan. 30, 2019 – Late Friday, a federal judge found that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is systemically violating the due process rights of prisoners. The judge ruled that CDCR is violating the Constitution by repeatedly relying on unreliable and even fabricated confidential information to send California prisoners to solitary […]

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New Lawsuit Over Trump Muslim Ban

NEW YORK, NY, December 18, 2018 – Yesterday evening, a group of Yemeni-Americans filed a federal lawsuit over the State Department’s refusal to issue their spouses and children visas that had already been approved prior to the Muslim Ban­­. The suit alleges that U.S. Embassy officials approved the plaintiffs’ visas, only to reverse that decision […]

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Federal Judge Rules Suit Challenging CBP’s Turnaways of Asylum Seekers at the Border Can Proceed

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 24, 2018 – A federal judge ruled this week that a lawsuit challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) practice of turning away asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border can proceed. The lawsuit was brought by the Los Angeles and Tijuana-based organization Al Otro Lado, Inc., as well as individual asylum seekers […]

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Aliya Hana Hussain: The courts must intervene in Trump’s Guantánamo

July 11, 2018 – “[It’s] like we’re buried alive.” That’s how CCR client Sharqawi Al Hajj describes his imprisonment at Guantánamo, as a cemetery. Before he was brought to the island prison, Sharqawi was disappeared, rendered, and tortured in secret prisons for over two years. He has been at Guantánamo for fourteen years. During that time he has […]

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Center for Constitutional Rights: Supreme Court Muslim Ban Ruling a Historic Judicial Mistake

June 26, 2018, New York – In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Trump’s Muslim ban, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: Today’s decision locates Trump’s Muslim ban within a normal range of presidential discretion to control immigration. But this is not normal. The Muslim Ban is a historic act of […]

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#JusticeDelegation: Human Rights Defenders Stand in Solidarity with Great March of Return, Oppose U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem

May 14, 2018 – Below is a statement of human rights defenders, known as the #JusticeDelegation, after returning from a visit to Palestine and Israel co-organized by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Interfaith Peace-Builders. We, a group of U.S.-based human rights defenders known as the #JusticeDelegation, call on our communities, our allies, our representatives, […]

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Center for Constitutional Rights ED and Board Chair Both Denied Entry into Israel

TEL AVIV/NY, May 1, 2018 – 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 International Airport, then denied entry into […]

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Racial Justice Groups Sue DHS to Release Contents of Fully Redacted “Race Paper”

NEW YORK, NY, March 19, 2018 – Today, racial justice organizations filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the contents of the agency’s blacked-out memo referred to in government documents as the “Race Paper.” The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Color of Change, the groups suing today, first uncovered […]

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Unconstitutional Solitary Confinement Continues, Prisoners’ Attorneys Say

OAKLAND, CA, Feb. 26, 2018 – The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel asked a federal judge to order the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to comply with a landmark, class action settlement that was intended to effectively end indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons. Under the settlement, nearly 1600 prisoners were […]

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Dakota Access Lawyers Abused Legal System to Stifle Advocacy, Sanctions Motion Argues

NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 7, 2018 – Yesterday, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Earth First! Journal urged a federal court to impose sanctions against Donald Trump’s go-to law firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres, which represents corporations developing the Dakota Access Pipeline. The sanctions motion claims that Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Energy Transfer Equity […]

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Michigan Residents Ask Supreme Court to Review Law That Led to Flint Water Crisis

FLINT, MI, March 31, 2017 – Today, a coalition of Michigan residents, organizations, and civil rights attorneys asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case challenging Michigan’s controversial Emergency Manager Law. The law allows the State to replace all local elected officials and elected school boards in so-called “financially distressed” municipalities and school districts […]

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Center for Constitutional Rights: No one misses the days of stop and frisk in New York

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2016 – 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 unconstitutional and racially discriminatory in 2013 […]