Racial, Gender and Economic Justice

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March in the Ninth Ward to Congo Square marking anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

CCR was born out of the Civil Rights movement, and racial, gender and economic justice have been cornerstones of our docket throughout our history. From pioneering pro-choice and anti-domestic violence cases, to fighting employment discrimination and racial profiling, CCR finds innovative ways to challenge the status quo and support activists and movements engaged around these central questions of injustice.

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The NYPD’s Surveillance and Targeting of Muslims in New Jersey

Stop Scott Lively's global persecution of LGBTI people.

The Center for Constitutional Rights filed a landmark lawsuit against anti-gay, extremist American Scott Lively on behalf of SMUG (Sexual Minorities of Uganda). The suit alleges that Lively's anti-gay efforts over the last decade in…

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Ashker v. Brown

On May 31, 2012, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison who have spent between 10 and 28 years in solitary confinement.  The…

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…

May 1st Oral Arguments in Turkmen v. Ashcroft case

Join CCR and pack the court on Thursday, May 1, 2014 for oral arguments in Turkmen v. Ashcroft, CCR’s class action civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab non-citizens who were swept up by the… Read More >>

The Color of Citizenship: Legacies of Japanese American Internment from WWII to Stop & Frisk

CCR Legal Director Baher Azmy will speak on a 3:30 p.m. panel on May 2nd titled, "Legacies of the Incarceration in Surveillance & Policing of U.S. Communities of Color." The panel will address legacies of Japanese American … Read More >>

Daniels, et al. v. the City of New York

In 1999, CCR filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to challenge the NYPD’s policy of conducting stop-and-frisks without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity as required by the Fourth Amendment.… Read More >>

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 Guild, that challenged the constitutionality… Read More >>