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. United States v. Dellinger

    In United States v. Dellinger, CCR disputed the conspiracy prosecutions of eight demonstrators who were brutalized by police during the riot at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. The Democratic Convention in 1968 was viewed…

  2. United States v. Maria del Scorro Pardo de Aguilar (1985)

    In 1982, the government began an investigation of the sanctuary movement, which provided shelter, medical care, and protection for refugees fleeing persecution from Central America. As part of that investigation it utilized “Operation Sojourner,” under…

  3. United States v. Union Nacional de Trabajadores

    United States v. Union Nacional de Trabajadores is a lawsuit that grew out of National Labor Relations Board v. Union Nacional de Trabajadores. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed the suit on behalf of…

  4. United States v. United States District Court

    United States v. United States District Court, briefed and argued before the Supreme Court by CCR in February 1972, arose out of a federal conspiracy prosecution in which the government admitted wiretapping the defendant without…

  5. Veterans Peace Convoy v. Schultz

    In September 1988, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) won a significant victory for the Nicaraguan humanitarian aid campaign. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas did away with licensing requirements for…

  6. Wallace v. Kern

    Wallace v. Kern is a class action lawsuit filed by CCR and the National Lawyers Guild on behalf of seven indigent inmates awaiting trial in the Brooklyn House of Detention. These men had filed a…

  7. Weinbaum v. Cuomo

    The Concerned Faculty and Staff of the City University of New York (CUNY) and individual students and faculty members filed this lawsuit alleging that poor and students of color were being discriminated against in terms…

  8. Wright v. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, et al.

    Wright v. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, et al. is a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), together with attorneys from the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the National Lawyers…

  9. Xuncax v. Gramajo

    Xuncax v. Gramajo and Ortiz v. Gramajo are two civil damages suits filed on behalf of Guatemalans, all Kanjobal Indians who were brutalized themselves, lost loved ones, and lived in highland villages demolished by Gramajo’s…

  10. Xuncax v. Gramajo and Ortiz v. Gramajo

    Xuncax v. Gramajo and Ortiz v. Gramajo are two civil damages suits filed on behalf of Guatemalans, all Kanjobal Indians who were brutalized themselves, lost loved ones, and lived in highland villages demolished by Gramajo’s…