Vincent Warren is Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a national legal and educational organization “dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
Prior to joining CCR, Warren was a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, and a criminal defense attorney at the Legal Aid Society. While at the ACLU, he litigated Gratz v. Bollinger, a companion case to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision upholding affirmative action in college admissions; and White v. Martz, which was instrumental in establishing the first statewide public defender system in Montana. As a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society, Vincent also monitored the hearings of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.
Warren led the “Beyond Guantanamo: Rescue the Constitution” public outreach campaign at the Center for Constitutional Rights. The campaign focused on the consolidated cases of Al Odah v. United States and Boumediene v. Bush litigated by CCR, in which the government’s justification for the continued detention of five individuals at Guantanamo Bay was found to be insufficient. More recently, under Warren’s stewardship, the CCR has launched a federal class action lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department’s racial profiling and “stop and frisk” practices.
Warren received his B.A. at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and J.D. at Rutgers School of Law, and often writes on constitutional and human rights law in The New York Times and The Huffington Post.