Center for Constitutional Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

The Funding Exchange has been a longtime supporter of CCR and made a $1,000 grant in June 2011. “Your support has allowed us to remain on the forefront of the social justice movement even in the face of conservative courts, a President who fails to show audacity in leadership to restore the Constitution, and a right-wing that is always on the attack,” said Vincent Warren, executive director.

CCR has expanded its Gender Justice cases, recently challenging a law in Louisiana that arrests people for consensual homosexual acts and requires those convicted to register as sex offenders.

It is also continuing its work on immigration and detention, challenging a federal program that automatically runs the fingerprints of arrestees through immigration databases and targets them for detention and deportation. CCR is also fighting the roundups and deportations of Haitians which began in January and have led to the deaths of some of those detained and sent back to Haiti.

“Despite our many victories, there is much work to be done as we work to narrow the gap between what is legal and what is just,” said Warren.

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