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Since 1966, the Center for Constitutional Rights has remained dedicated to defending and advancing the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR accepts cases and projects based on principle and the value of the struggle itself, not solely by using a calculus of victory.
CCR has always undertaken lawyering in a unique and effective manner and always with a progressive perspective. We use daring and innovative legal strategies which produced many important precedents that have become an established part of our law and legal culture. CCR is often “ahead of the curve” in both identifying a problem and in suggesting novel or radical legal responses which, over time, become accepted and respected precedents and theories.
CCR's current docket demonstrates an unwavering commitment to progressive principles, people’s movements and human rights, from Daniels v. City of New York (the case that led to the dismantling of the notorious NYPD Street Crimes Unit responsible for killing Amadou Diallo), to our ongoing cases representing men detained at Guantánamo.
A look at CCR's past cases reveal historic victories which have established major legal precedents, such as Filártiga v. Peña-Irala which opened U.S. courts for victims of serious human rights violations from anywhere in the world, to NOW v. Terry which established a buffer zone around abortion clinics.
Cases by Issue
Looking at CCR's cases by the issues which they involve provides insight into the simultaneous breadth and interconnectedness of CCR's current and past docket.