Cases by Issue

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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.

The search function may be more efficient when looking for specific releases.

  1. National Student Association, et al. v. Hershey

    National Student Association, et al. v. Hershey is a government misconduct case which challenged the Selective Service Director’s orders to draft all men who took part in anti-war campaigns.

  2. Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs (amicus)

    Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs is a case in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) wrote an amicus curiae brief to defend the rights passed by Congress under the Family and Medical…

  3. New Orleans Housing and Human Rights

    The U.S. government continues to violate the international human rights of tens of thousands of displaced Katrina survivors. This report to the United Nations details the extensive homelessness, destruction of low-income housing, government misconduct, and…

  4. Nguyen Da Yen, et al. v. Kissinger

    Nguyen Da Yen, et al. v. Kissinger is a class action suit in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in cooperation with attorneys in California argued that the detention of Vietnamese children was unconstitutional.

  5. NLG and CCR v. Gene M. Johnson, et al

    The Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Laweyrs Guild sued the Virigina Department of Corrections for placing the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook, a free publication of both organizations, on a "disapproved publications list." NLG and CCR were…

  6. Orian et al. v. FIDH et al.

    The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) along with lawyers at Bostwick & Jassy LLP are representing the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) in a lawsuit brought to chill FIDH’s public statements on an issue…

  7. Othman v. Obama

    Khaled Abd el Ghabar Mohammed Othman is a Yemeni refugee who has been detained in Guantánamo for over eight years. His case is one of many where the government and habeas counsel have been in…

  8. Palestine Information Office v. Shultz (amicus)

    Palestine Information Office v. Shultz is a case in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an amicus brief, opposing the closure of the Palestine Information Office in Washington, D.C.

  9. Palmer v. Thompson

    Palmer v. Thompson is a civil rights case which the Black citizens of Jackson, Mississippi brought against the City for closing the public city pools instead of desegregating them.

  10. Paul v. Avril

    Paul v. Avril is a case in which Haitian President Proper Avril was charged with human rights violations.

  11. People v. Mandel

    People v. Mandel is a 1975 criminal case in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) sought to bar evidence of the complainant's prior sexual conduct from a rape trial.

  12. Phillips, et al v. Snyder, et al,

    On March 27, 2013 the Center for Constitutional Rights, along with The Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice and several Michigan-based civil rights lawyers filed Phillips, et al. v. Snyder, et al., on…

  13. Powell v. McCormack

    Powell v. McCormack is a 1960’s government misconduct case filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of Adam Clayton Powell, claiming that the House of Representatives unconstitutionally excluded him from the 90th Congress.

  14. Presbyterian Church of Sudan et al v. Talisman Energy, Inc. (Amicus Brief)

    Talisman Energy, Inc. aided and abetted the Sudanese Government in a campaign of genocide and torture against non-Muslim African people in Southern Sudan in order to expand their oil exploration in the region.

  15. Pro Se Materials for Haitian Detainees Facing Indefinite Detention

    CCR has developed a packet of pro se materials to assist Haitian detainees and immigration attorneys advocate for their release.

  16. Puerto Rican Subversives List

    “Puerto Rican Subversives List” refers to the efforts of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) to help secure the release of the dossiers of 135,000 people who had been spied on by the Commonwealth's Police…

  17. Rahim v Federal Bureau of Investigation, et al (CLOSED)

    Rahim v  FBI was a federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana…

  18. Rasul v. Bush

    In early 2002, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed two habeas corpus petitions, Rasul v. Bush and Habib v. Bush, challenging the U.S. government's practice of holding foreign nationals captured in connection with its…

  19. Rasul v. Rumsfeld

    Rasul v. Rumsfeld is a lawsuit against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on behalf of four former detainees seeking damages for their arbitrary detention and torture while detained at Guantánamo. 

  20. Reagan v. Wald

    Reagan v. Wald is a 1985 case in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), along with Leonard Boudin and the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee (NECLC), sought to enjoin restrictions on travel to Cuba…

  21. Republic of the Philippines v. Marcos

    Republic of the Philippines v. Marcos is a 1986 case which recovered New York real estate bought with illicit funds by the Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

  22. Right to Heal Initiative

    FOR THE LATEST UPDATES ON THE RIGHT TO HEAL INITIATIVE, VISIT RIGHTTOHEAL.ORG. On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraqis and U.S. military veterans came together to hold the U.S. government accountable for…

  23. Roberto Cardenas Abreu v. Eric Holder, Jr.

    On May 24, 2010 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted Mr. Cardenas’ petition for review. The court vacated the Board of Immigration Appeals’ 8-6 en banc decision affirming the Immigration Judge’s…

  24. Salah v. U.S. Department of Treasury

    Salah et al., v. Dep’t of Treasury, is a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Muhammad Salah, a U.S. citizen residing in this country, challenging the Treasury Department’s decision to designate Mr. Salah a “specially…

  25. Salas v. United States

    Salas v. United States is a case in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) brought charges against the United States for the 1989 illegal invasion of Panama and subsequent human rights violations. The case…