Center for Constitutional Rights

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization with the mission of advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The organization was founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South and merged with National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee in 1998.[1]

Beginnings

The Center for Constitutional Rights (originally "Law Center for Constitutional Rights") was founded in November 1966 by attorneys Morton Stavis, Arthur Kinoy, Ben Smith and William Kunstler, whose legal work representing civil rights activists in Mississippi convinced them of the need for a privately funded legal center to undertake innovative, impact litigation on behalf of popular movements for social justice.

Robert Boehm, who worked with the CCR from its inception, was instrumental in the effort to turn the vision of the founders into a reality. Peter Weiss became part of CCR early in its history and has played an outstanding role, especially in the area of international human rights.

Born out of the early experiences of its founders, CCR develops pro-active legal strategies to address pressing problems and ensure that the basic rights of all citizens are protected under the law. From the beginning, the Centre used innovative impact litigation to move the law forward and facilitate the construction of a more just society.[2]

Today's role

Today, CCR continues to craft litigation that exposes the fundamental contradictions in American society that undermine the promise of justice for all: fault lines of race, class and gender; the ascendancy of global corporate privilege over individual rights; the intersection of poverty, race, and industrial pollution; and the indifference with which governments around the world continue to violate the human rights of their citizens.

In 1980, CCR’s landmark case Filártiga v. Peña-Irala created a right to sue for human rights violations occurring anywhere in the world under the then-obscure Alien Tort Claims Act. For 35 years, CCR has served as an incubator for progressive lawyering, producing numerous important precedents and innovative legal strategies that have become an established part of law and the legal culture.[3]

Contact info

  • Main Office Line: 212-614-6464.
  • Mailing Address: 666 Broadway, 7th floor, New York, NY 10012 USA

Staff

Board of Directors

Solidarity with Sept. 24 FBI Raid Activists

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression lists Center for Constitutional Rights as one of the organizations that has issued a statement of solidarity in support of the activists raided in the September 24, 2010 FBI Raids.[4]

Finances

Financial Report July 1 2009 – June 30 2010*

Expenses

  • Program: Litigation, Education and Outreach $4,596,474
  • Development $815,519
  • Administration & General $622,267
  • Total Expenses $6,034,260

Revenue, Gains and Support

Net Assets

  • Foundations (including Donor Advised Funds) $3,447,139
  • Individuals (including Planned Gifts) $2,206,850
  • Court Awards and Attorney Fees $1,587,903
  • Interest $56,818
  • Other $(117,465)

Total Revenue, Gains and Other Support $7,181,245

Financial Report July 1 2008 – June 30 2009

  • Net Assets as of June 30, 2008 $4,472,207
  • Change in Net Assets $2,048,493
  • Net Assets as of June 30, 2009 $6,520,700

Revenue, Gains and Other Support Expenses

  • Program: Litigation, Education and Outreach $5,068,554
  • Development $845,519
  • Administration & General $610,890
  • Total Expenses $6,524,963

Net Assets

  • Foundations (including Donor Advised Funds) $6,159,223
  • Individuals (including Planned Gifts) $2,468,382
  • Court Awards and Attorney Fees $368,381
  • Interest $94,039
  • Other $(44,362)
  • Total Revenue, Gains and Other Support $9,045,663

Financial Report July 1 2007 – June 30 2008

  • Net Assets as of June 30, 2008 $4,472,207
  • Change in Net Assets $2,048,493
  • Net Assets as of June 30, 2009 $6,520,700

Revenue, Gains and Other Support

  • Foundations (including Donor Advised Funds) $6,159,223
  • Individuals (including Planned Gifts) $2,468,382
  • Court Awards and Attorney Fees $368,381
  • Interest $94,039
  • Other $(44,362)
  • Total Revenue, Gains and Other Support $9,045,663

Expenses

  • Program: Litigation, Education and Outreach $5,068,554
  • Development $845,519
  • Administration & General $610,890
  • Total Expenses $6,524,963

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2010 List of Friends and Allies

2009 List of Friends and Allies

From the 2009 CCR Annual report list of "Friends and Allies" Page 39 to 43 PDF

CCR List of Donors July 1 2009 to June 30 2010

CCR Donors July 1 2009 - June 30 2010

$100,000 and above

$50,000-99,999

$25,000-49,999

$10,000-24,999

$5,000-9,999

$2,500-4,999

$1,000-2,499

CCR List of Donors July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009

$100,000 And above

$50,000 - $99,999

$25,000 - $49,999

$10,000 - $24,999


$5,000 - $9,999

$1,000 - $2,499

$500 - $999

External links

References