CCR Honored with Human Rights Award for Defense of Men Imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay

The Center for Constitutional Rights is honored to be awarded the Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award, given annually by the Southern Center for Human Rights to those who have made outstanding contributions to the protection of human rights.

Presented to the Center on November 1, 2007, the award was granted to CCR for having “chosen principle over popularity to stand by those detained at Guantánamo Bay.” The Center for Constitutional Rights represents many of the men at Guantánamo and coordinates the work of nearly 500 pro bono attorneys, and also won the landmark Supreme Court case Rasul v. Bush which affirmed the right of those held at Guantánamo to challenge their imprisonment. We will return to the Supreme Court on December 5 to challenge the unprecedented expansion of executive power in a case that goes beyond Guantánamo to the heart of our democracy.

The Southern Center for Human Rights is a nationally-recognized public interest law firm based in Atlanta that works to protect the civil and human rights of people in the criminal justice system. Every year, SCHR honors those who have fought for the advancement of human rights.

The Center for Constitutional Rights works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Since 1966, the Center for Constitutional Rights has taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach. Learn more at


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November 16, 2007