The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has long been active in the movement to address racial profiling, particularly in New York City. CCR engages in advocacy and organizing efforts to address discrimination, brutality, misconduct and abuse by the police through the Communities United for Police Reform campaign and its work across the country.

Recent highlights of our advocacy work include:

  • On July 26, 2012, CCR released, “Stop and Frisk – The Human Impact: The Stories Behind the Numbers, the Effects on our Communities,” a report documenting the human impact of the stop and frisk practice.  The report documents the devastating impact that stop and frisk has on real people, and for some communities, the pervasive and hostile police presence that accompanies it. The encounters described by interviewees are far from minor inconveniences; rather they represent frightening, intimidating and intrusive confrontations by the NYPD.  They reveal how being stopped has changed the daily lives of far too many individuals.
  • The testimonies of those interviewed for the report are also available in audio form – mapped to where they live and where they were stopped. Click here to hear peoples’ experiences – in their own words.
  • In June 2012, CCR joined a silent march featuring thousands marching down Fifth Avenue in June.
  • CCR participated in City Council hearings on stop and frisk in fall 2012, and supported the passage of New York City Council bills that would curb profiling and to ensure accountability through the introduction of an Inspector General of the NYPD.
  • CCR brought the issue of stop and frisk to the United Nations’ attention, resulting in the United Nations Human Rights Committee calling out the NYPD for their discriminatory application of the stop and frisk program, announcing this would be the subject of an upcoming periodic review of the US Government’s compliance with its international law obligations.
  • CCR has joined a broad-based coalition in San Francisco, CA to oppose the possible implementation of the “Stop-and-Frisk” policy.

CCR filed Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al., a federal class action lawsuit against the NYPD and the City of New York that challenges the NYPD’s practices of racial profiling and unconstitutional stops and frisks. In August 2013, District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ordered a sweeping reform process after she found that the NYPD has engaged in a widespread practice of unconstitutional and racially discriminatory stops and frisks.

Additionally, this website is the result of collaborative work with the following partner organizations:

Communities United for Police Reform

Communities United for Police Reform is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, bringing together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists to work for change. www.changethenypd.org.


Streetwise and Safe

Streetwise and Safe (SAS), works with LGBTQ youth of color across New York City who experience stop and frisk and other discriminatory policing practices, conducts LGBTQ youth of color led “know your rights” trainings tailored to the experiences of LGBTQ individuals and communities, and engages in policy advocacy and litigation at the local, state and national levels on issues relating to policing and criminalization of LGBTQ youth of color. For more info: www.streetwiseandsafe.org


The Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders is a holistic public defender office in the South Bronx dedicated to ending abuses of stop and frisk. Learn more at: www.bronxdefenders.org


The Justice Committee

The Justice Committee is a Latina/Latino-led organization dedicated to building a movement against police violence and systemic racism in New York City. Learn more at:  www.TheJusticeCommittee.org


Peoples’ Justice

Peoples’ Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability; is a grassroots coalition working in Black, Latin@, Asian and LGBT communities city-wide. Learn more at:  www.PeoplesJustice.org.


The Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition

The Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) is a thirty-eight year old, broad-based, membership-driven community organization.  NWBCCC members seek social, economic, environmental, and racial justice for our families, our communities, and ourselves.  We do this through community organizing that utilizes non-violent confrontation, negotiation, and principled compromise.  We conduct our affairs with honesty, integrity, strength, and courage.  To build a diverse, tolerant, and democratic organization, we act together to ensure all people are treated equally, with respect and dignity, without regard to their age, race, creed, sexual orientation, language, religion, gender, ability, or class.  The NWBCCC seeks to building power through relational organizing and issue campaigns that recruit and train individuals and institutional members, energize institutions, win concrete victories that improve material conditions for community members, change public and private policies that affect the Northwest Bronx and alter the relations of power.


The Brotherhood / Sister Sol

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, founded in 1995, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two.  Learn more at: www.brotherhood-sistersol.org


Picture the Homeless

Picture the Homeless is a city wide grass roots organization, founded and led by homeless New Yorkers.  Learn more at: www.picturethehomeless.org.


CAAV Organizing Asian Communities

CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities (CAAAV) works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City.  Learn more at:  www.caaav.org


Make the Road New York

Make the Road New York is a not-for-profit, membership-led organization based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Learn more at: http://www.maketheroad.org


Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is an organization of Afrikans in America/New Afrikans whose mission is to defend the human rights of our people and promote self-determination in our community. Learn more at: http://mxgm.org/category/chapters/nyc/