Past Cases

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

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.

Many of CCR historic victories have established major legal precedents, from 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. We have approximately 130 of CCR's past cases available here. This list can be ordered by date or name, and filtered by the CCR issues to which they relate.

  1. In the Matter of Civilian Population of Chiapas

    In the Matter of Civilian Population of Chiapas is an emergency complaint filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), in conjunction with the Center for Human Rights Legal Action in Washington, D.C. It was…

  2. In the Matter of Hamide and Shehadeh

    Khader Hamide and Michel Shehadeh are two Palestinian activists. Both born in the West Bank, they came to the United States in their college years and have now lived here for more than three decades.…

  3. In the Matter of Randall

    In the Matter of Randall, the INS invoked the McCarran-Walter Act’s ideological exclusion provision to force Margaret Randall, a prominent poet and essayist who was born in the United States, to leave her family and…

  4. Jackson v. Allain

    In March 1984, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a federal class action lawsuit that challenged the Mississippi runoff primary law. The law required candidates in the first primary to win a majority of…

  5. Japan's Comfort Women System (amicus)

    This amicus brief argues that Japan is not immune from suit for its sexual enslavement of women and girls during World War II and presently. After a case in which the district court dismissed the…

  6. Jeanette Rankin Brigade v. Capitol Police

    Jeanette Rankin Brigade v. Capitol Police arose when a group of protestors was arrested under a federal statute that prohibited demonstrating, walking, or standing in groups on the Capitol grounds. It was the same statute…

  7. Kinoy v. District of Columbia

    Kinoy v. District of Columbia is a lawsuit in which CCR, joined by bar associations, law professors, and lawyers throughout the country, came to Arthur Kinoy’s defense, arguing that attorneys have the right and duty…

  8. Kinoy v. Mitchell

    The widespread use of illegal electronic surveillance in the name of national security is a central form of government misconduct.

  9. Lebron v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)

    In Lebron v. Amtrak, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) asserted that Amtrak, being a government actor, violated Mr. Lebron’s First Amendment rights by refusing to display his political advertisement at Penn Station. On November…

  10. Local 1330, United States Steelworkers of America v. U.S. Steel (amicus)

    Between 1977 and 1980, U.S. Steel and the companies that took over Youngstown Sheet and Tube closed four large steel mills in Youngstown, Ohio. More than 10,000 steelworkers lost their jobs, and the area’s unemployment…

  11. Manzanarez v. C&Y Sportswear, Nien Hsing Textile Co., Ltd. and Chentex Garments

    In December of 2000, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed suit against the factory Chentex Garments; Nien Hsing, its parent company; and its U.S. subsidiary, on behalf of four union leaders fired by Chentex.…

  12. Martha Wright v. Corrections Corporation of America

    In this lawsuit, plaintiffs alleged that unconscionable phone arrangements established by the Corrections Corporation of America and various telephone companies violated their constitutional rights.

  13. Martinez-Baca v. Suarez-Mason

    As Commander of the First Army Corps in Argentina during the height of repression under the military dictatorship that ruled that country, General Guillermo Suarez-Mason was responsible for the abduction, torture, and disappearance of thousands…

  14. McSurely v. McClellan (1985)

    This case began in 1967 when Alan and Margaret McSurely and three other political activists were arrested and charged with violating Kentucky sedition laws. As a result of their case, the sedition statute was declared…

  15. Mehinovic v. Vuckovic

    In Mehinovic v. Vuckovic, the plaintiffs – Kemal Mehinovic, Safet Hadzialijagic, Muhamed Bicic, and Hasan Subasic – charged Nikola Vuckovic, aka Nikola Nikolac, with war crimes; crimes against humanity; and torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading…

  16. Monell v. Department of Social Services

    This case, which was filed in July of 1971, challenged the compulsory maternity leave policy of the New York City Board of Education. After a 1978 U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that cities were liable…

  17. Muntaqim v. Coombe (amicus)

    Jalil Abdul Muntaqim, an African American serving a life sentence in the custody of the New York, challenged the Section 5-106 under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

  18. National Organization of Women (NOW) v. WABC-TV, FCC, and WRC-TV

    In the first sweeping challenge to the treatment of women in the media, CCR attorneys representing the NOW challenged the license renewal of WABC-TV in New York City on the grounds of sex discrimination in…

  19. National Student Association, et al. v. Hershey

    By 1969, there was an increased amount of nationwide movements where the government violently responded to protestors. The government specifically targeted student anti-war movements, using the draft as a primary weapon to deny protesters their…

  20. Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs (amicus)

    In this case, an employee of the state of Nevada sued his state employer in federal court, claiming a violation of the FMLA. The lower court held that the suit was barred by the Eleventh…

  21. Nguyen Da Yen, et al. v. Kissinger

    One of the final acts of the U.S government at the end of the Vietnam War was the mass uprooting of some 2,700 Vietnamese children considered to be orphans by U.S. officials. Dubbed the “Babylift,”…

  22. Palestine Information Office v. Shultz (amicus)

    Acting under the purported authority of the Foreign Missions Act, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the government’s request to close the Palestine Information Office (PIO) in Washington, accepting the government’s…

  23. Palmer v. Thompson

    After the Court of Appeals affirmed a judgment that enforced desegregation on equal protection grounds, the city council of Jackson, Mississippi was forced to desegregate its public recreational facilities. Five public parks were also desegregated,…

  24. Paul v. Avril

    Months before the September 1991 coup which overthrew Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide, CCR sued the former military dictator Proper Avril in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida on behalf of…

  25. People v. Mandel

    People v. Mandel is a criminal case in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) sought to bar evidence of the complainant's prior sexual conduct from a rape trial.