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Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
From its website: 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.
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1 Belton, Jr. v. East Baton Rouge Parish Prison
3:20-cv-00278 (M.D. La.)
Filed 05/04/2020 - Case Ongoing
East Baton Rouge Parish Prison
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
JC-LA-0030
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action filed by inmates in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, seeking the release of medically vulnerable people and appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures for those still in the facility. The court denied to enter a temporary restraining order on July 3; the case remains ongoing.
On May 5, 2020 ... [view]
2 Tamayo Espinoza v. Witte
5:20-cv-00106 (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 04/16/2020 - Closed
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
IM-MS-0003
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action brought by seven medically vulnerable detainees in Mississippi. They sought release from detention because their underlying medical conditions made them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, which they alleged made their detention unconstitutional. The court denied a temporary restraining order on June 3, 20 ... [view]
3 Dada v. Witte
1:20-cv-00458 (W.D. La.)
Filed 04/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Detention facilities in Louisiana
Immigration and/or the Border
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
IM-LA-0018
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: 16 medically vulnerable noncitizens in immigration detention centers in Louisiana filed this case in light of the certainty of an outbreak of COVID-19 in their detention facilities. They argued that their continued detention was a violation of the Due Process Clause and the Rehabilitation Act, and sought immediate release. The ... [view]
4 Dada v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
2:20-cv-01093 (E.D. La.)
Filed 04/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Detention Facilities in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-LA-0019
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an action brought by immigrant detainees particularly susceptible to a serious COVID-19 infection in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement and requesting release due to COVID-19. The case was dismissed on April 6 for lack of jurisdiction.
On April 1, 2020, seventeen ... [view]
5 Williams v. Witte
4:20-cv-00304 (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 03/05/2020 - Closed 2020
Deputy Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matthew Albence
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AL-0011
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action brought by medically vulnerable detainees in the Etowah County Detention Center, seeking release due to COVID-19 and lack of protection from the virus in the facility. On May 15, the court denied entry of a TRO and a month later, the plaintiffs dismissed the case voluntarily.
The Initial Lawsuit: ... [view]
6 Make the Road New York v. Pompeo
1:19-cv-11633 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 12/19/2019 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0070
Coding Complete
This is a challenge to the Trump Administration's changes to the immigration "Public Charge" Rules. On December 19, 2019, individuals facing deportation, their United States citizen relatives, and nonprofit organizations that assist noncitizens filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs sued ... [view]
7 East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Barr
4:19-cv-04073 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/16/2019 - Case Ongoing
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0146
Coding Complete
On July 16, 2019, the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Al Otro Lado, Innovation Law Lab, and the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles challenged a new asylum policy of the federal government narrowing eligibility qualifications for asylum seekers. Specifically, the plaintiffs challenged an interim final rule, promulgated by the Attorney ... [view]
8 Migrant Justice v. Nielsen
5:18-cv-00192 (D. Vt.)
Filed 11/14/2018 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-VT-0002
Coding Complete
On November 14, 2018, Migrant Justice, Inc. and four individual members of the organization filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. The plaintiffs sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), ... [view]
9 East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Trump
4:18-cv-06810 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 11/09/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0137
Coding Complete
On November 9, 2018, several nonprofit organizations filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, challenging the federal government's latest asylum policy prohibiting people who enter the U.S. along the southern border somewhere other than a designated port of entry from obtaining asylum. Specifically, ... [view]
10 Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of State
1:18-cv-01546-TSC (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/28/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of State
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0050
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On June 28, 2018, Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights (non-profit legal advocacy organizations) filed this complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, ... [view]
11 Black Love Resists in the Rust v. City of Buffalo
1:18-cv-00719 (W.D.N.Y.)
Filed 06/28/2018 - Case Ongoing
City of Buffalo
Buffalo Police Department
Policing
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-NY-0015
Erie County
Coding Complete
On June 28, 2018, Black Love Resists in the Rust and four individual plaintiffs filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. The plaintiffs sued the City of Buffalo under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of their rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment, and under Title VI of the Civil ... [view]
12 Bellant v. Snyder
17-cv-13887 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 12/01/2017 - Closed 2018
Governor of Michigan
Election/Voting Rights
VR-MI-0072
Coding Complete
This is a case about Michigan's emergency manager law, Public Act 436. The Act gave the state legislature power to appoint "Emergency Managers" for municipalities in financial emergencies. Emergency Managers had powers that were previously reserved for locally elected officials, not limited to financial decisions, and were exempted from certain ... [view]
13 Al Otro Lado v. Kelly
3:17-cv-02366-BAS-KSC (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/12/2017 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0092
Coding Complete
On July 12, 2017, a group of Honduran and Mexican asylum seekers and Al Otro Lado, a legal service organization which supports indigent deportees, refugees, and migrants, filed this class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The pseudonymous plaintiffs fled gang-related and/or severe domestic violence and ... [view]
14 Color of Change v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:16-cv-08215 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 10/20/2016 - Closed 2019
United States Department of Homeland Security
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-NY-0007
Coding Complete
On October 20, 2016, Color of Change and Center for Constitutional Rights, nonprofit civil rights advocacy and communications organizations, brought this action under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") in the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs, represented by an attorney from the Milton Kramer Law Clinic at Case Western, an ... [view]
15 Furlow v. Belmar
4:16-cv-00254 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 02/02/2016 - Case Ongoing
St. Louis County
St. Louis County Police Department
Policing
PN-MO-0007
St. Louis County
Coding Complete
On February 2, 2016, a class of St. Louis County residents, primarily impoverished and African-American, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiffs sued St. Louis County and the St. Louis County Police Department under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming violations of their Fourth, Fifth, and ... [view]
16 Tanvir v. Holder
1:13-cv-06951-RA (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 10/01/2013 - Case Ongoing
Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Security
NS-NY-0007
Coding Complete
On October 1, 2013, an American Muslim man who was repeatedly denied boarding flights in the United States because of his alleged inclusion on the federal No Fly List, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( ... [view]
17 Phillips v. Snyder
2:13-cv-11370 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 03/27/2013 - Closed 2017
State of Michigan
Election/Voting Rights
Speech and Religious Freedom
Public Accomm./Contracting
VR-MI-0070
Coding Complete
On March 27, 2013, plaintiffs filed this lawsuit against the State of Michigan in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Plaintiffs were a coalition of unelected citizens, public employee union members and representatives, and locally elected officials from cities in Michigan that were currently under the authority of an ... [view]
18 Salah v. U.S. Department of Treasury
1:12-cv-07067 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 09/05/2012 - Closed 2012
United States Department of Treasury
National Security
NS-IL-0001
Washington
Coding Complete
On September 5, 2012, an individual U.S. citizen residing in Illinois, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination League filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the U.S. Department of Treasury. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest and private counsel, ... [view]
19 Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta
1:12-cv-01192 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/18/2012 - Closed 2014
United States of America
National Security
NS-DC-0002
Coding Complete
In July 2012, Plaintiffs, representing the estates of their respective children, filed suit in United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States and Department of Defense officials in their personal capacities. Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights, the ... [view]
20 Ligon v. City of New York
1:12-cv-02274 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/28/2012 - Case Ongoing
City of New York
Policing
PN-NY-0014
Coding Complete
This is one of four ongoing cases challenging the constitutionality of the New York Police Department's "Stop and Frisk" program. See: Floyd v. City of New York (PN-NY-0009); Daniels v. City of New York (PN-NY-0010); and ... [view]
21 Hassan v. City of New York
2:12-cv-03401-WJM-MF (D.N.J.)
Filed 2012 - Closed 2018
City of New York
Police Department
Policing
PN-NJ-0006
New York City
Coding Complete
In June 2012, several individuals and organizations affiliated with New Jersey's Muslim community filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of New York. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and the public interest organization Muslim Advocates, alleged they had ... [view]
22 Rahim v. Federal Bureau of Investigation
2:11-cv-02850-SM-ALC (E.D. La.)
Filed 11/16/2011 - Closed 2013
Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Security
NS-LA-0001
Coding Complete
On November 16, 2011, an individual resident of Louisiana filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"). The plaintiff, represented by various public interest and private counsel, asked the court for ... [view]
23 Brown v. Snyder
11-685-CZ (State Court)
Filed 06/22/2011 - Closed 2012
State of Michigan
Election/Voting Rights
VR-MI-0069
Coding Complete
On June 22, 2011, 34 named plaintiffs, all residents of the State of Michigan, filed suit in Ingham County Circuit Court against Governor Rick Synder and Andrew Dillon in his capacity as Treasurer of the State of Michigan. The complaint alleges that the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act, which allows for the ... [view]
24 Goodman v. St. Paul
10-cv-1966-SRN-AJB (D. Minn.)
Filed 05/05/2010 - Closed 2013
City of St. Paul
Policing
PN-MN-0002
Ramsey County
Coding Complete
On May 5, 2010, three journalists who were arrested during the 2008 National Republican Convention filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota against the cities of St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Woodbury, as well as several police officers and officials.  The plaintiffs, represented by private and public interest firms, ... [view]
25 Gonzalez v. Pritzker
1:10-cv-03105 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 04/13/2010 - Closed 2016
United States Department of Commerce
United States Census Bureau
Equal Employment
EE-NY-0254
Coding Complete
On April 13, 2010, rejected U.S. Census Bureau job applicants filed an employment discrimination class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs, represented by a coalition of public interest attorney organizations and private counsel, alleged that Census hiring procedures, which pre-screened all ... [view]
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