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Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a national legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and defending the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Vince oversees CCR’s groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work which includes combating the illegal expansion of presidential power and policies such as illegal detention at Guantanamo, rendition, torture and warrantless wiretapping; holding corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; and, challenging racial injustice and mass incarceration.

Vince has spearheaded a public campaign, “Beyond Guantanamo: Rescue the Constitution” coinciding with CCR’s landmark Supreme Court victory in Al Odah v. U.S. and Boumediene v. Bush, which held that the detainees at Guantánamo Bay have a constitutional right to the writ of habeas corpus.

Prior to his tenure at CCR, Vince held the position of national senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where he led constitutional and impact litigation to advance civil rights and liberties. Among the cases he has litigated are:

• Gratz v. Bollinger, companion case to the landmark Supreme Court decision to uphold affirmative action in college admissions.

• Dasrath v. Continental Airlines on behalf of plaintiffs removed from an airplane shortly after 9/11 because they were perceived to be Arab or Muslim, and

• White v. Martz, a class action lawsuit which helped create Montana’s first statewide public defender system.

Vince also monitored South Africa’s historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Brooklyn Legal Aid Society. Vince holds a law degree from Rutgers School of Law and a B.A. from Haverford College.

Vince is a frequent national cable, network and independent media commentator, having appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, CNN’s The Situation Room and Paula Zahn Now, Democracy Now! and numerous National Public Radio programs.

Entries by Vincent Warren

Beyond the Indictments: Black and Brown Deaths at the Hands of Police Are a Crisis Boiling Over

(78) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:58 PM

A decision is expected any day in the grand jury investigation of Darren Wilson, whose August 9 killing of Michael Brown uncorked an endless wave of grief and anger among Ferguson's black population about decades of police abuse and violence. Rumors are thick that there will be no indictment, or...

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Discrimination, Bullying and Persecution Are Not Religious Rights

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 11:32 AM

On February 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, instantly criminalizing the very existence of our client Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and outlawing LGBTI people's ability to advocate for their lives and their rights. Such a fundamental denial of rights to an entire...

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A Victory for All New Yorkers, Stop and Frisk Reforms Move Forward

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 10:40 AM

My remarks from press conference with Mayor de Blasio on January 30, 2014, announcing agreement to drop the City's appeal in Floyd v. City of New York.

Next week will mark the 15th anniversary of the murder of Amadou Diallo, who was standing in the doorway of his...

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Guantánamo's Sham Trials, Now Unraveling

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 5:55 PM

Guantánamo's military tribunals were not created to try crimes, but to hide them. This system was set up to ensure that the U.S. government's torture program would never face trial, and so far it has succeeded. For the past decade, Guantánamo has been a parallel universe where information tainted by...

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Memo to the New York Post: This Is What Democracy Looks Like

(7) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 2:56 PM

The New York Post is having trouble understanding some basic tenets of democracy, which explains why they found my invitation for you to join us in court for today's important hearing in our stop-and-frisk case "troubling." New Yorkers, who have been unconstitutionally profiled and...

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Torture on Death Row

(22) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 12:19 PM

It is inhumane, fallible, expensive, and an ineffective crime deterrent. It is also no secret that the death penalty in the United States is carried out in a racially discriminatory manner. African Americans and Latinos make up over half the people on death row while comprising about a quarter of...

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Is Asking Questions About Guantánamo the US Cannot Answer

(3) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 2:33 PM

At a public hearing in Washington, D.C. last week, the region's foremost human rights body, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), asked the United States two simple, but pressing questions about Guantánamo Bay: Does the United States still intend to close the offshore prison? And, if so,...

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Imagine... New York City Launches "Stop-and-Think" Campaign to Educate Police About Constitutional Rights

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 12:29 PM

Let's daydream a bit. What if, instead of screening anti-Muslim propaganda like The Third Jihad during departmental trainings, spying on Muslim student groups and continuing to stop and frisk Black and Latino teens on their way to school, the NYPD learned to stop and think before acting on racist stereotypes?...

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Does Torture Work? Wrong Question!

(19) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 11:27 AM

The premier in New York and Los Angeles this week of the movie Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden, has touched off a national debate about the appropriateness of torture. Alarmingly, the conversation has revolved around when to torture, rather than whether to...

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Another Recovery Is Possible

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Out in the Rockaways and on Staten Island, where weeks after Hurricane Sandy some New Yorkers are still living without electricity, the environmentalist group Time's Up has hooked up with the Occupy Sandy relief effort to provide bicycle-powered generators to the hardest hit areas. This is, literally, power...

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Exposing War Crimes Is a Public Service, Not a Criminal Act

(73) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 3:27 PM

As the drama around Julian Assange's fate came to a climax last week with Ecuador's decision to grant him political asylum, it is important to remember not just the threat to Assange that led to his asylum petition, but the threat to our democracy itself that the U.S.'s...

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Stop and Frisk: The Stories Behind the Numbers

(49) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 5:33 PM

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) stops and frisks well over a half a million New Yorkers every year. You know that that are glaring racial disparities in who gets stopped. You know that the courts are...

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Why the U.S. Government Must Release Information on al-Majalah Killings

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 1:55 PM

It is a bedrock principle of democratic government that the state cannot be judge, jury and executioner all at once. Yet the CIA and Pentagon maintain lists of suspected terrorists to be targeted for killing and have these "kill lists" approved only by an internal executive process. They then hand...

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From Prejudice to Persecution: Some on the Religious Right Have Crossed the Line in the Anti-gay Crusade

(15) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 1:36 PM

What are white American evangelicals doing in Africa talking to political and religious leaders about anti-gay legislation? The same thing they're doing in the U.S.: cynically pitting communities of color against LGBT communities. The release of the National Organization for Marriage's strategy memos on defeating marriage equality lay...

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"The Truth Comes Out in Honduras": A Response from the Center for Constitutional Rights

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 6:17 PM

On July 25, 2011, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed on Honduras. CCR staff member Laura Raymond responded with the letter below, which was not published.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission that Mary Anastasia O'Grady extensively covers in The Truth Comes Out in Honduras (July 25,...

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Osama Bin Laden's Death Can't Erase 10 Years of War and Lawlessness

(6) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 11:04 AM

In the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, it is a time to be sober, not celebratory, and to reexamine the policies of this and the previous administration. Bin Laden's death does not erase 10 years of lawlessness and war any more than it brings back to life...

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Deportations to Haiti: Still a Death Sentence

(9) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 12:16 PM

By Vince Warren, Carrie Bettinger-Lopez and Sunita Patel

This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency formalized its Haitian deportation policy. ICE claims it will consider medical and humanitarian factors when deciding whether to deport someone to Haiti. Yet, the policy will still lead to deportations, as early as next...

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Haiti's Displaced: Caught Between Greedy Landlords and an Absentee Government

(9) Comments | Posted March 17, 2011 | 2:31 PM

Today the Center for Constitutional Rights delegation in Haiti visited the Barbancourt II displacement camp in Port-Au-Prince. This camp is home to 310 families who lost their homes in the earthquake and have set up tents, tarps and corrugated metal structures with the few possessions they have left on the...

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George Bush 'Cuts and Runs' From Torture Case in Switzerland

(45) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 2:59 PM

Apparently, former president, George W. Bush does "cut and run." On February 7, 2011, two torture victims were to have filed criminal complaints for torture against former president George W. Bush in Geneva. Bush was due to speak there at a charity gala on February 12th. On the eve of...

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WikiLeaks and Democracy

(31) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 5:00 PM

It is disappointing to see the same president who ran on his constitutional law professor bona fides devote so much time and effort to discrediting WikiLeaks and working up charges against its founder, Julian Assange. WikiLeaks, like the New York Times before it with the publication of the Pentagon Papers,...

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