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Nusrat Choudhury, 2004

Deputy Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program

Nusrat Choudhury is the child of immigrants from Bangladesh

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

NUSRAT CHOUDHURY is the deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) Racial Justice Program. Previously, Nusrat was a Staff Attorney with the ACLU's National Security Program where she pursued litigation challenging national security policies that violate civil rights and civil liberties.

Nusrat was born in Chicago in 1976 to immigrants from Bangladesh. Her parents are now naturalized US citizens and reside in Northbrook, Illinois.

Nusrat completed her MPA in International Development at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and her JD at Yale Law School. She graduated from Columbia University with a BA summa cum laude in history and election to Phi Beta Kappa. She has published in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.

Nusrat clerked for Judge Barrington D. Parker in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and for Judge Denise Cote in the Southern District of New York, and was a Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow at the ACLU's Racial Justice Program. She has advocated for the rights of women prisoners, worked on peace implementation for the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and served as a law clerk in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Nusrat was the Chair of the Paul and Daisy Soros Alumni Association and served on the Fellowship's Board of Trustees. She is also a founder and co-director of Young Professionals for CARE, a group with over 800 members dedicated to supporting CARE and its mission to end global poverty through fundraising, advocacy, and education.

Nusrat's casesat ACLU include Latif v. Holder, No. 10 Civ. 750 (D. Or.), the first systemic, constitutional challenge to the federal government's administration of the No Fly List and Meshal v. Higgenbotham, No. 07 Civ. 2178 (D.D.C.), a lawsuit contesting the illegal detention, rendition, and coercive interrogation of a U.S. citizen by U.S. government officials in East Africa. Nusrat previously litigated Jarrar v. Harris, No. 07 Civ. 3299 (E.D.N.Y.), which challenged racial discrimination and the violation of the First Amendment rights of an Iraqi-born passenger on JetBlue Airways and settled for one of the largest public settlements in an airline profiling case.

  • MPA International Development | Princeton University 2006
  • JD Law | Yale University 2006
  • BA History | Columbia University 1998
Work History
  • ACLU Racial Justice Program, Deputy Director
  • ACLU National Security Program, Staff Attorney
  • ACLU Racial Justice Program, Staff Attorney
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