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The Supreme Court will hear CCR's case Al Odah v. U.S. this term.

Between current and past cases we have approximately 150 case descriptions available here. This list can be ordered by date or name, and filtered by the issues to which they relate.

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  1. Doe v. Karadzic

    Filed in 1993, Doe v. Karadzic sought compensation for victims and survivors of Serb leader Radovan Karadzic's brutal campaign of genocide and torture in Bosnia. It was an important case that expanded the Alien Tort…

  2. Doe v. Lumintang

    Doe v. Lumintang is a federal civil lawsuit against the ex-Vice Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army, Johny Lumintang filed on behalf of six East Timorese activists who survived the systematic campaign of violence…

  3. Dombrowski v. Eastland

    Dombrowski v. Eastland is a government misconduct case in which Dr. James Dombrowski filed suit against the chairperson of the Internal Security Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the subcommittee's chief counsel, claiming…

  4. Dombrowski v. Pfister

    Dombrowski v. Pfister is a government misconduct case brought in 1965 against the governor of Louisiana, law enforcement officers, and the chairperson of the state's Legislative Joint Committee on Un-American Activities for prosecuting or threatening…

  5. Dotson v. Indianola

    Dotson v. City of Indianola, Mississippi is a case in which the city was compelled to comply with the Voting Rights Act.

  6. Douglas v. Holloman

    Douglas v. Holloman is a case in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) defended New York City guidelines on sterilization procedures on behalf of women and groups concerned about sterilization.

  7. Drew Municipal School District v. Andrews

    Drew Municipal School District v. Andrews is a lawsuit brought by two Black women against a Mississippi school district for refusing to hire them because they had children out of wedlock.

  8. Drinan, et al. v. Ford, et al.

    Drinan, et al. v. Ford, et al. was an attempt to get an injunction restraining the members of the executive branch from conducting military operations in Cambodia without congressional authority. The case was dismissed in…

  9. DuVernay v. United States

    DuVernay v. United States is a lawsuit in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) challenged the exclusion of Black people from draft boards in predominately Black neighborhoods.

  10. Filártiga v. Peña-Irala

    Filártiga v. Peña-Irala is a lawsuit filed in 1979 charging former Paraguayan official Americo Peña-Irala with the wrongful death of Joelito Filártiga. 

  11. Finley v. NEA

    Finley v. NEA challenged the decency provision in government grants to artists through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

  12. Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al.

    Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al. is a federal class action lawsuit filed against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the City of New York that challenges the NYPD's…

  13. FOIA: Ghost Detention and Extraordinary Rendition Case

    The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), in collaboration with Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), and Washington Square Legal Services (WSLS), filed this lawsuit against the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of State…

  14. Frazier v. Florida Department of Education (Amicus brief)

    The Center for Constitutional Rights and the public interest organization Public Good joined together to submit an amicus brief in support of the Petition for Writ of Certiorari in this case. The Frazier case and…

  15. French War Crimes Complaint Against Donald Rumsfeld, et al.

    This is a complaint filed in France by CCR and European human rights organizations against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for ordering and authorizing torture.

  16. German War Crimes Complaint Against Donald Rumsfeld, et al.

    On November 14, 2006, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a criminal complaint with the German Federal Prosecutor to open an investigation and, ultimately, a criminal prosecution that will look into the responsibility of…

  17. Ghazy v. Bush

    FAHD GHAZY Detained at Guantánamo since 2002, when he was a juvenile; Cleared for transfer since 2007       Fahd Ghazy is a Yemeni-national who has been detained at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba since February 2002…

  18. Goodman, et al. v. St. Paul, et al.

    Goodman, et al. v. St. Paul, et al. is a lawsuit brought on behalf of three journalists against federal and local Minneapolis and St. Paul law enforcement.  The lawsuit alleges that their policies and conduct…

  19. Goosby v. Town of Hempstead

    Goosby v. Town of Hempstead was a case in which Hempstead, New York’s racially discriminatory at-large voting system was contested. A transformation of the voting system was forced on the Long Island town as a…

  20. Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles v. Reagan

    Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles v. Reagan is a case which sought to use the U.S. legal system to enjoin the United States from deploying first-use nuclear missiles in Great Britain.

  21. Gulino v. The Board of Education of the City of New York and the New York State Education Department

    NOTICE: Attorneys representing the plaintiffs in this case will be available to answer questions, assist claimants in completing deficiencies and collect any certification-related documents from 4-6 PM at 666 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY…

  22. Haase v. Webster

    Haase v. Webster is a case which challenged the authority of U.S. Customs officials to seize and copy the written materials of travelers to Nicaragua.

  23. Haiti: IACHR - Forced Evictions

    For the 1.5 million people still living in displacement camps, forced evictions pose an immediate threat of grave and irreparable harm, according to a coalition of human rights advocates who testified in October 2010 before…

  24. Haiti: IACHR - Gender Violence

    Among the many human rights issues ongoing in the IDP camps is that there is little or no security and women and girls are at heightened risk of rape and sexual assault.  Many women report…

  25. Haiti: IACHR - Haitian Removals

    On January 6, 2011, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the University of Miami School of Law Human Rights and Immigration Clinics, the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Alternative Chance and the Loyola Law Clinic and Center…