Center Board Member Receives 2007 Puffin/Nation Prize

January 2, 2008

Center board member Michael Ratner, the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, has been named the recipient of the 2007 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.

One of the country's foremost defenders of human rights and civil liberties, Ratner has led the fight to demand due process for Guantánamo detainees, adequate safeguards against intrusive government surveillance, and an end to torture and extraordinary rendition. Ratner last month received the annual prize, which recognizes an individual who has challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative, and socially responsible work of significance.

"This prize comes at the right moment when we need all the courage and daring we can muster to challenge the lawlessness that characterizes the current administration," said Ratner. "Standing up and fighting for what is right, although often very unpopular, is at the heart of the work of the remarkable women and men at the Center for Constitutional Rights."