Past Cases

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

Since 1966, the Center for Constitutional Rights has remained dedicated to defending and advancing the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Many of CCR historic victories have established major legal precedents, from Filártiga v. Peña-Irala which opened U.S. courts for victims of serious human rights violations from anywhere in the world, to NOW v. Terry which established a buffer zone around abortion clinics. We have approximately 130 of CCR's past cases available here. This list can be ordered by date or name, and filtered by the CCR issues to which they relate.

  1. Abdel-Muhti v. Ridge

    Mr. Abdel-Muhti was a stateless Palestinian born in the Ramallah district of the West Bank in August 1947. Because he left the West Bank before the Israeli takeover in 1967, he could not receive travel…

  2. Abdullah, et al. v. Local 46, et al.

    In April 1999, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a case on behalf of 40 plaintiffs charging the Metal Lathers Local 46 Union with discrimination that violated Title VII and the Civil Rights Acts…

  3. Abramowicz v. Lefkowitz

    In Abramowicz v. Lefkowitz, attorneys at CCR brought the first challenge to the constitutionality of abortion statutes in which women were the plaintiffs and the issues raised were those of a woman’s right to abortion…

  4. AFSC v. Brady (1992)

    In AFSC v. Brady, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) along with other progressive legal groups sued to eliminate U.S. government restrictions against group travel to Vietnam and Cambodia.

  5. Al-Jundi v. Estate of Oswald

    Al-Jundi v. Estate of Oswald is a $2.8 billion civil damages suit filed in 1974 by survivors of what came to be known as the Attica Uprising. They first sued various New York State officials,…

  6. Almontaser v. Hilton Hotel

    Naji Almontaser, who is Muslim, worked at the Hilton Hotel for many years and alleged that he was constantly denied rightful promotional opportunities. He and other Muslims working at the Hilton charged that they were…

  7. American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh

    In the 1980s, approximately 500,000 Salvadorans and Guatemalans fled political repression and violence condoned by their governments and applied for refugee status in the U.S.—the vast majority were denied.

  8. Anderson v. Hale and World Church of the Creator

    On April 4, 2000, CCR filed a civil rights suit on behalf of Reverend Stephen Anderson in Chicago federal court against Matthew Hale, the leader of the World Church of the Creator, and the estate…

  9. Arsberry v. State of Illinois, AT&T, Invision Telecom, MCI Telecommunications Corp., et al.

    On June 29, 1999, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois which challenged the State of Illinois’ practice of creating…

  10. Bari v. Held

    Bari v. Held is a lawsuit that charged the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), former FBI agent-in-charge Richard Held, and the Oakland Police Department with violating Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney’s First Amendment freedoms and…

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

    Baruch College is a branch of the City University of New York (CUNY) that specializes in preparing students for careers in business. In 1982, a group of Black and Latino alumni sought official recognition for…

  12. Bick v. Mitchell

    Bick v. Mitchell is a lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Women Strike for Peace…

  13. Briggs v. Goodwin

    In 1974, CCR filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the “Gainesville Eight,” members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). Six of the plaintiffs had been acquitted of charges of conspiring to disrupt the…

  14. Brown v. City of Chattanooga

    The municipal at-large cases consist of several cases the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed on behalf of voters of color throughout the country challenging the at-large electoral system. The lawsuit alleged that the system…

  15. Bruno v. McGuire

    Bruno v. McGuire is a lawsuit the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed together with lawyers from MFY Legal Services, Inc., the Legal Aid Society’s Civil Division, and Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation B that challenged…

  16. Burns v. City of Detroit

    On October 10, 1995, Lynette Burns filed suit in Wayne County Circuit Court alleging sexual harassment and retaliation in violation of the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, as well as other related causes.

  17. Byrd v. Goord

    On March 21, 2000, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a civil rights action on behalf of the families, friends, ministers, counselors, and lawyers of inmates confined in the 70 correctional facilities operated by…

  18. Campaign to Save Our Hospitals v. Giuliani

    Campaign to Save Our Hospitals v. Giuliani is a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of the prominent public interest organization Campaign to Save Our Hospitals. It charged New York…

  19. Clavir v. Levi

    In 1976, Judy Clavir and Stew Albert, longtime political activists, filed a federal civil rights action against the FBI charging that they were being illegally surveilled. The FBI admitted using various kinds of surveillance against…

  20. Coker v. Georgia (amicus)

    Coker v. Georgia is a lawsuit in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, together with a broad range of other women's legal organizations, on the unconstitutionality…

  21. Conyers v. Reagan

    In October 1983, President Ronald Reagan announced that he had ordered a pre-dawn invasion of Grenada by nearly 1,900 Marines and armed airborne troops under the code name “Urgent Fury.” The fighting was heavier than…

  22. County Redistricting Cases

    The county redistricting cases include several lawsuits filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) challenging redistricting plans of counties across the United States for the discriminatory effect they have on Black people.

  23. Crockett v. Reagan

    In May 1981, Crockett v. Reagan was filed on behalf of 29 members of Congress who challenged U.S. military intervention in El Salvador. The case claimed that President Ronald Reagan violated the War Powers Resolution,…

  24. Crumsey v. Justice Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

    Crumsey v. Justice Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is a lawsuit seeking an injunction and monetary and punitive damages from the Ku Klux Klan on behalf of five Chattanooga women injured during a shooting…

  25. Daniels, et al. v. the City of New York

    In 1999, CCR filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to challenge the NYPD’s policy of conducting stop-and-frisks without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity as…