Civil and Human Rights

Securing the Constitution’s guarantees of liberty and equality for all
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Civil Rights March on Washington, 1963 | National Archives and Records Administration

Summary

The Constitution–in particular, through amendments ratified in the wake of the Civil War and Reconstruction–provides broad guarantees of liberty and equality. CAC works to ensure that the civil and human rights protected by the Constitution are realized for all Americans.

Civil and Human Rights in Brief

Plaintiffs in U.S. v. Windsor walking down the steps of the Supreme Court | Judith Schaeffer

Major victories have been achieved in recent years, such as the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges guaranteeing marriage equality for all Americans, and the Court’s ruling in Riley v. California that warrantless searches by police of the digital contents of an arrestee’s cell phone violates the Fourth Amendment. However, our civil and human rights are increasingly under attack — by the Trump administration and in the states — and CAC is working tirelessly to defend those rights.