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Maria Lahood

Maria Lahood

Maria Lahood is an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a non-profit legal and educational organization based in New York and dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ms. LaHood specializes in international human rights litigation, seeking to hold government officials and corporations accountable for torture, extrajudicial killings and war crimes. In addition to Matar v. Dichter and Belhas v. Ya’alon, her cases include Corrie v. Caterpillar, brought on behalf of Palestinians killed and injured in home demolitions and on behalf of Rachel Corrie, alleging that Caterpillar continued to sell D9 bulldozers to the IDF knowing they would be used to unlawfully demolish homes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Ms. LaHood also represents Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian citizen, against U.S. officials for sending him to Syria where he was tortured and detained for a year. See for more information

Avi Dichter, the former Director of Israel’s General Security Service (GSS), has been sued in a United States court for his role in the Al-Daraj, Gaza bombing that killed fifteen people and injured approximately 150 others. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), along with CCR cooperating attorneys and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), represent the survivors of the July 2002 bombing in a class action lawsuit against Dichter for war crimes, crimes against humanity and extrajudicial killings.(1)

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