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  • Azmy, Baher

    Legal Director

    Baher Azmy is the Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he directs a 25-person legal staff in litigation and advocacy around issues related to the promotion of civil and human rights, particularly…

  • Benz, Dorothee

    Communications Director

    Dorothee Benz is the Communications Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. She came to CCR with more than two decades experience as an editor, journalist, web manager and communications strategist working for economic, social…

  • Brannelly, Kevi

    Development Director

    Kevi Brannelly has been with the Center for Constitutional Rights since 2004. Previously working on the West Coast, she served as Alumni Relations Director at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and Golden Gate…

  • Chambers, Carolyn

    Associate Executive Director

    Carolyn Chambers joined the Center for Constitutional Rights in 2002. She supervises the Administrative Department, which is responsible for human resources, finances, IT, and facilities management. Prior to her arrival at CCR, Carolyn was the…

  • Warren, Vincent

    Executive Director

    Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a national legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and defending the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal…

  • Agathocleous, Alexis

    Senior Staff Attorney

    Alexis Agathocleous is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and works on CCR’s Government Misconduct and Racial Justice docket. He is lead counsel in Aref v. Holder, challenging policies and…

  • Almukhtar, Amnah

    Administrative and IT Assistant

      Amnah Almukhtar joined the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in December 2011. She was born in Baghdad, Iraq and speaks Iraqi and Levantine colloquial Arabic. She graduated from Fordham University with a double major in…

  • Beinert, Sara

    Associate Director of Development, Individual Giving

    Sara Beinert, CFRE brings an extensive background in social justice fundraising both as a professional and a volunteer to her work at the Center for Constitutional Rights. As Associate Director of Development, Individual Giving, Sara…

  • Bradshaw, Pam

    Grant Writer

    Pam Bradshaw joined the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in 2012 as a Grant Writer. Pam has a MA in Media Studies from The New School, where she studied documentary film and video and digital…

  • Butterfield, Gregory

    Administrative Manager

    Gregory Butterfield joined the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in July 2007 after almost two decades as a radical journalist and organizer. Gregory has held a number of office management positions, but says his most…

  • Charney, Darius

    Senior Staff Attorney

    Darius Charney is a senior staff attorney in the Racial Justice/Government Misconduct Docket.  He is currently lead counsel on Floyd v. City of New York, a federal civil rights class action lawsuit challenging the New…

  • Ciampini, Christine

    Annual Fund Manager

    Christine (Kim) Ciampini joined the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in December 2008. Prior to CCR, Christine worked for the International Indigenous Women's Forum, a network of Indigenous women leaders, and interned at MADRE, an…

  • Dailey, Claire

    Legal Worker

    Claire Daily has been with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) since January 2006.

  • Dixon, J. Wells

    Senior Staff Attorney, GGJI

    J. Wells Dixon joined the Center for Constitutional Rights in 2006. He works on national security issues, including challenging the detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. He represents clients in federal court, before the military…

  • Downs, Abigail

    Legal Worker, International Human Rights and Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative

    Abby joined CCR in 2011 as a Legal Worker for the International Human Rights docket and Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative.

  • Farah, Omar

    Staff Attorney, Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative

    Omar Farah joined the Center for Constitutional Rights in 2012 as a staff attorney in the Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative. Omar was previously in private practice, working mostly in the area of international commercial arbitration.…

  • Gallagher, Katherine

    Senior Staff Attorney

    Katherine Gallagher is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), where she focuses on holding individuals, including US and foreign government officials, and corporations, including private military contractors, accountable for serious…

  • Gay, Kevin

    Database and Online Giving Manager

    Kevin Gay arrived at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in December 2006 and maintains the database of over 13,000 contacts. After completing a B.S. Degree in Computer Science at Purdue University, Kevin developed network…

  • Gazzola, Lauren

    Communications Associate for Publications

    Lauren Gazzola is CCR’s Communications Associate for Publications.  Lauren originally came to CCR as a client when she was a defendant in U.S. v. SHAC 7 (U.S. v.

  • Gudino, Orlando

    IT Manager

  • Harold, Jesse

    Web Communications and Multimedia Manager

    Jesse Harold is the Web Communications and Multimedia Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights. They are responsible for CCR’s websites and online multimedia programs. They have worked in online communications and software development for…

  • Harting, Emily

    Associate Director of Development, Foundations

    Emily Harting joined the development department of CCR in November 2005. Prior to CCR, Emily was the Development Manager for the New York-based Global Nomads Group, a Development Associate for the National Voting Rights…

  • Head, Ian

    Legal Worker

    Ian Head has been a legal worker at CCR since October 2009.  He is also a vice president of the National Lawyer's Guild.

  • Hussain, Aliya Hana

    Advocacy Program Manager, Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative

    Aliya Hana Hussain joined CCR in 2010 as a Legal Worker for the Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative and International Human Rights docket. Currently, Aliya helps to manage our public education and advocacy efforts around unjust…

  • Kadidal, Shayana

    Senior Managing Attorney, GGJI

    Shayana Kadidal is senior managing attorney of the Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City. He is a 1994 graduate of Yale Law School and a former law…

  • Kebriaei, Pardiss

    Senior Staff Attorney

    Pardiss Kebriaei is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center Constitutional Rights, which she joined in 2007.  Her work focuses on challenging government abuses post-9/11, including in the areas of “targeted killing“ and unjust detentions…

  • LaHood, Maria

    Senior Staff Attorney

    Maria LaHood is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which she joined in 2003.  She specializes in international human rights litigation, seeking to hold government officials and corporations accountable for…

  • Levy, Lisa

    Human Resource Systems and Special Projects Manager

    Lisa Levy has been working at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) since July 2007. She previously worked as the executive assistant for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). Prior to IGLHRC,…

  • Meeropol, Rachel

    Senior Staff Attorney

    Rachel Meeropol has worked at the Center for Constitutional Rights since 2002. She is the co-editor and primary author of the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook, a widely-requested resource for prisoners, and the editor of America’s Disappeared:…

  • Monzon, José

    Development Associate

    Jose Monzon joined the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in June 2006. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and received his B.A. in Politics from New York University in 2005. Jose is…

  • Morris, Zachery

    Bertha Justice Institute Fellow

    Zachery Morris is the Bertha Fellow for the International Human Rights Docket at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Zachery earned his law degree from Stanford Law School in 2014. While attending law school, Zachery…

  • Nessel, Jen

    Communications Coordinator

    Prior to coming to the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in January 2004, Jen Nessel worked as a writer, editor and organizer. She served as the communications director of the Coalition for the Homeless and…

  • Qatabi, Ibraham

    Legal Worker, GGJI

    Ibraham Qatabi joined the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in September 2008.  He is a legal worker for the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative and helps coordinate a large network of pro bono counsel representing Guantánamo detainees.  He works…

  • Quinn, Chase

    Executive Assistant

    Chase Quinn joined CCR in August 2010. Prior to joining CCR, Chase studied Political Science and English Literature at Boston University, interning abroad for six months with the African Foundation for Development in London, England,…

  • Richart, Meejin

    Education and Outreach Administrative Associate

    Meejin Richart joined CCR in 2012, and she coordinates events and programming for CCR. She is a Member of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, CAAAV representative to the Peoples' Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability coalition,…

  • Rye, Jeremy

    Senior Major Gifts Officer

    Jeremy Rye joined the Development Department at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in July 2004. Recognizing that many underserved, queer, and people of color communities did not have seasoned fundraisers, Jeremy entered the development…

  • Samuel, Somalia

    Bertha Justice Institute Fellow

    Somalia Samuel is a Bertha Fellow in CCR’s Government Misconduct/Racial Justice docket. Somalia earned her J.D. from CUNY School of Law, where she served as Vice President of the Black Law Students Association; a…

  • Schwarz, Ghita

    Senior Staff Attorney, Government Misconduct and Racial Justice

    Ghita Schwarz joined the Center for Constitutional Rights in January 2012.  She is lead counsel in Aguilar v. ICE, challenging immigration agents’ widespread practice of conducting warrantless home raids of Latinos in the New York…

  • Shah, Purvi

    Bertha Justice Institute Director

    Purvi Shah is the Director of the Bertha Justice Institute at the Center for Constitutional Rights, a new training institute committed to building a diverse generation of movement lawyers to serve social movements in the…

  • Shakir, Omar

    Bertha Fellow

    Omar Shakir is a Bertha Fellow in CCR’s Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative docket. Omar previously was a fellow at Human Rights Watch, where he investigated abuses in Egypt and was lead researcher and author of…

  • Spees, Pamela

    Senior Staff Attorney

    Pam Spees is a senior staff attorney in the international human rights program at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She has a background in international criminal and human rights law with a gender focus, as…

  • Todd, Leah

    Assistant to the Legal Director

    Leah Todd joined CCR as Assistant to the Legal Director in July 2010, where she provides support to the Legal department.  She previously worked at the Rubin Museum of Art in the Lighting and Audiovisual…

  • Weinrich, Jeffrey

    Finance Director

    Jeffrey Weinrich has been at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) since 2003. Prior to that he worked as finance manager at the National Lawyers Guild-National Office for seven years.  

  • White, Alberto

    Office Manager

  • Williams, An-Tuan

    Bertha Justice Institute Program Associate/ Ella Baker Summer Internship Coordinator

    An-Tuan Williams joined the Center for Constitutional Rights in October of 2007. As Program Associate, he plays an integral role in developing all BJI events, publications, and has worked for many years on the Ella…

  • Zamani, Nahal

    Advocacy Program Manager, Government Misconduct and Racial Justice

    Nahal Zamani is a committed human rights activist with broad-based experience directing advocacy campaigns and educational initiatives. Nahal joined CCR in 2010 and serves as an Advocacy Program Manager. At CCR, Nahal directs CCR’s advocacy campaigns…