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

Between current and past cases we have approximately 150 case descriptions available here. This list can be ordered by date or name, and filtered by the issues to which they relate.

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  1. 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…

  2. Ba Odah v. Obama

    TARIQ BA ODAH Detained at Guantánamo since February 2002; Hunger-striking since 2006; Cleared for transfer since 2009        Tariq Ba Odah is a Yemeni-national who has been detained at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba since February 2002. He has a pending habeas corpus…

  3. Bandele v. City of New York

    Bandele v. City of New York is a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of three members of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement who were arrested while peacefully and lawfully videotaping NYPD officers.

  4. Bari v. Held

    Bari v. Held is a lawsuit that charged the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Oakland Police Department with violating Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizures and…

  5. Barre v. Obama

    Mohammed Sulaymon Barre is a Somali citizen who was imprisoned in Guantánamo for nearly eight years. He held official refugee status granted by the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and lived and worked freely…

  6. Baruch College Black and Hispanic Alumni Association v. Baruch College

    Baruch College Black and Hispanic Alumni Association v. Baruch College is a case that sought to defend the rights of a group of Black and Latino alumni to set up their own alumni association at…

  7. Belhas v. Ya’alon

    Belhas v. Ya’alon is a class action lawsuit filed against retired Israeli Lieutenant General Moshe Ya’alon that charges him…

  8. Bick v. Mitchell

    Bick v. Mitchell is a lawsuit filed on behalf of members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Women Strike for Peace and the Communist Party, among others, asking…

  9. Blackman Hinds v. Holder (Amicus Brief)

    Blackman v. Holder is one of several cases in which the Center for Constitutional Rights has submitted amicus briefs in support of non-citizens seeking relief from immigration detention. It involves a challenge to the deportation…

  10. Blum v. Holder

    Blum v. Holder is a federal lawsuit challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. The plaintiffs are five longtime animal rights activists whose advocacy work has been chilled…

  11. Boumediene v. Bush / Al Odah v. United States

    On June 28, 2004, the Supreme Court held in Rasul v. Bush, that the nearly-600 men imprisoned by the U.S. government in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba had a right of access to the federal courts, via…

  12. Bowoto v. Chevron

    Bowoto v. Chevron is a class action lawsuit charging Chevron/Texaco Corporation with gross violations of human rights including extrajudicial killing; crimes against humanity; and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment in the Niger Delta region. It…

  13. Briggs v. Goodwin

    Briggs v. Goodwin is a case in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) led a team of lawyers in successfully defending leaders of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, known as the “Gainesville Eight,”…

  14. Brown v. City of Chattanooga

    Brown v. City of Chattanooga is one of  CCR’s municipal at-large cases, which consist of several cases filed on behalf of voters of color to challenge the at-large electoral system for violating the Voting Rights…

  15. Brown, et al. v. Snyder, et al.

    Brown v. Snyder was rendered moot after the people of Michigan, in a November 6, 2012 voter referendum, repealed Public Act 4.  Please read about our direct follow-up case Phillips v. Snyder. ------------------------------------------------- On June 22, 2011…

  16. Bruno v. McGuire

    Bruno v. McGuire is a lawsuit that challenged the New York City Police Department’s policy of refusing to arrest men who beat their wives. It also charged court clerks and counselors with refusing to allow…

  17. Burns v. City of Detroit

    Burns v. City of Detroit is a civil rights case filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) that alleged sexual harassment and discrimination by the Detroit Police Department.

  18. Bush Torture Indictment

    Canada In 2011, CCR and the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) lodged a detailed and lengthy indictment setting forth the case against former U.S. president George W. Bush with the Attorney General of Canada, urging…

  19. Byrd v. Goord

    Byrd v. Goord is a civil rights case that challenged the collect-call only telephone service for prison inmates operated by the New York State Department of Correctional Services (DOCS).

  20. Campaign to Save Our Hospitals v. Giuliani

    Campaign to Save Our Hospitals v. Giuliani is a lawsuit brought on behalf of the public interest organization Campaign to Save Our Hospitals, charging New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani with violating the New York…

  21. Campo Algodonero v. United Mexican States (Juarez Killings, Amicus Brief)

    CCR joined as an amicus in urging the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to determine that the longstanding failure to investigate, prosecute, or prevent the crimes in this case (three in a series of hundreds…

  22. Casas-Castrillon v. Lockyer (amicus)

    Casas-Castrillon v. Lockyer is one of several cases in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has signed on as amicus curiae to support non-citizens seeking relief from immigration detention. It involves a challenge to…

  23. CCR Advocacy around Hydraulic Fracturing and the Human Right to Water

    On February 22, 2011, CCR and the Columbia Law School Environmental Law Clinic wrote a letter of advisement to the United Nations Independent Expert on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Related to Access to…

  24. CCR and the ACLU v. OFAC & Al-Aulaqi v. Obama

    On August 3, 2010, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to challenge the legality…

  25. CCR v. Department of Defense/Gaza Freedom Flotilla FOIA

    On May 31, 2010, a six-boat flotilla, carrying more than 700 civilians from almost 40 countries seeking to bring humanitarian and rebuilding supplies to the Gaza Strip as well as to break the Israeli blockade…