On the Passing of Our Friend and Ally, Kathy Boudin

May 2, 2022 – In response to the passing of Kathy Boudin, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:

The Center for Constitutional Rights expresses its sadness at the passing of our friend and ally, Kathy Boudin. Our hearts go out to her family and friends, and to all whose lives she impacted, particularly to her life partner, David, and her son and our former colleague, Chesa. During and after her imprisonment, Kathy was a creative and tireless advocate for imprisoned people. Her work and community-centered approach inspired so many of us, and we will honor her tremendous legacy by striving to uphold her ideals, which she articulated in 2013:

"If we could get under the stereotypes and the stigma that are attached to people who have committed violent crimes and be able to see the person underneath it and understand that holding them in prison has nothing to do with them being a public risk, nothing to do with whether they’ve transformed themselves, nothing to do with the community that they can serve, if we can get under that and know that they’re being kept in only for the purpose of punishment, then maybe we can look at the entire system and be able to change it."


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 ccrjustice.org.


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May 2, 2022