• Website: www.ccr-ny.org
  • Founded in 1966; based in NY
  • CCR’s net assets (2006) exceeded $5 million, 77% from endowments, foundations and individual gifts. These donations include large donations from the Ford Foundation, and George Soros’ Open Society Institute. Over 1,050 other foundations and individuals have donated to CCR.
  • Mission Statement: "The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."
  • Claims to use "litigation proactively to advance the law in a positive direction…to guarantee the rights of those with the fewest protections and least access to legal resources,..."
  • CCR’s President, Michael Ratner, is a well-known activist and attorney. Ratner represented as co-counsel Guantanamo Bay detainees at the U.S. Supreme Court and is an avid proponent of using litigation to prosecute alleged abuses of human rights. 
  • Active in exploiting the US legal system to prosecute Israeli officials responsible for defense against terror (including Avi Dichter and Moshe Ya'alon), accusing them of "intentional attacks on civilians," using terms such as “war crimes," "extrajudicial killing," "crimes against humanity," and "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”