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

From Daniels v. City of New York, the case that led to the dismantling of the notorious NYPD Street Crimes Unit responsible for killing Amadou Diallo, to our upcoming Supreme Court case which aims to close down Guantánamo and restore habeas corpus, CCR’s work demonstrates unwavering commitment to progressive principles, people’s movements and human rights.

A comprehensive collection of CCR's active cases, this list can be ordered by date or case name, and filtered by the issues to which they relate.

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  1. State of Louisiana v. Wallace (New Orleans First Appearances)

    CCR filed an amicus brief to the Louisiana Supreme Court in State of Lousiana v. Wallace, 200-KK-1621. The amicus was the result of a campaign and survey coordinated by CCR to observe every New Orleans…

  2. Tanvir v. Holder

    Tanvir v. Holder is a federal lawsuit brought by four American Muslim men (Muhammad Tanvir, Jameel Algibhah, Naveed Shinwari, and Awais Sajjad). The four were placed on the federal government’s notoriously overbroad and inaccurate “No…

  3. The Spanish Investigation into U.S. Torture

    Seeking a venue in which to hold former high-ranking U.S. officials accountable for their individual roles in directing, implementing or planning the U.S. torture program, victims and human rights advocates filed criminal complaints in Spain…

  4. Torture FOIA: ACLU, CCR, et al. v. Dept. of Defense, et al.

    ACLU, CCR, et al. v. Dept. of Defense, et al. is a suit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights together with the American Civil Liberties Union, Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense,…

  5. Tummino, et al. v. von Eschenbach

    CCR represents several feminist activists from the “Morning-After Pill Conspiracy” in a lawsuit to challenge the Food and Drug Administration’s failure to approve the Morning-After Pill (also known as “emergency contraception” or “Plan B”) with…

  6. Turkmen v. Ashcroft

    Turkmen v. Ashcroft is a class action civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of a class of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab non-citizens who were swept up by the INS and FBI in a racial…

  7. U.S. v. SHAC 7

    United States v. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (“SHAC7”) (amicus) In support of animal rights activists convicted of violating the Animal Enterprise Protection Act (AEPA) for website postings and organizing demonstrations. In October 2007, CCR filed an amicus…

  8. United States of America and Vulcan Society, Inc. v. City of New York

    United States, et al. v City of New York is a federal class action lawsuit originating from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges filed by CCR on behalf of the Vulcan Society and three individual…

  9. United States v. Buddenberg

    United States v. Buddenberg is a federal prosecution of four animal rights activists in California—being referred to as the AETA 4—for conspiracy to commit "animal enterprise terrorism." The four were charged with a course of…

  10. United States v. Camilo E. Mejia-Castillo

    United States v. Camilo E. Mejia-Castillo is a petition filed on Mr. Mejia's behalf requesting review by the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  Mr. Mejia seeks reversal of his conviction, restoration…

  11. United States v. Johnson

    United States v. Johnson is a federal prosecution of two animal rights activists for allegedly liberating animals from fur farms in violation of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

  12. United States v. Mehanna

    CCR filed an amicus brief in a criminal case on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in support of the reversal of Defendant-Appellant Tarek Mehanna’s conviction for material support.  CCR’s…

  13. Walton v. NYSDOCS

    Walton v. NYSDOCS is a class action lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) challenging the constitutionality of the State’s monopoly telephone contract with MCI/Verizon, which forced family members and friends of prisoners…

  14. Wilner v. National Security Agency (NSA)

    Wilner v. NSA is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records of any NSA surveillance gathered on 23 attorneys who represent detainees at Guantánamo.

  15. Witt v. Department of the Air Force (amicus)

    Witt v. Department of Defense is a federal lawsuit that challenges the Air Force's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that discriminates against LGBT members of the military.

  16. Wiwa et al v. Royal Dutch Petroleum et al

    Wiwa v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, Wiwa v. Anderson, and Wiwa v. Shell Petroleum Development Company are three lawsuits brought against the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and Shell Transport and Trading Company (Royal Dutch/Shell), the head…

  17. Zalita v. Obama

    Abdul Ra’ouf Ammar Mohammad Abu Al Qassim is a Libyan refugee who was detained in Guantánamo for nearly eight years. His habeas corpus petition was under the name Zalita v. Obama. The U.S. government determined very…