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. CCR uses litigation proactively to advance the law in a positive direction, to empower poor communities and communities of color, to guarantee the rights of those with the fewest protections and least access to legal resources, to train the next generation of constitutional and human rights attorneys, and to strengthen the broader movement for constitutional and human rights.
Stop and Frisk: The Human Impact – The Stories Behind the Numbers, The Effects on Our Communities.
In July of 2012, in support of ongoing CCR litigation, as well as longstanding community-based efforts to end bias-based policing, CCR released a report on the impact of the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk Program in order to document the human stories behind the staggering statistics. What these stories describe is widespread and systematic human and civil rights violations against thousands of New Yorkers on a daily basis. CCR also created a website, which features an interactive map that houses podcasts of people telling their stories about being stopped by the NYPD.