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CAIR Welcomes Nomination of First Muslim Woman as Federal Judge  

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/19/22) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed President Biden’s nomination of Nusrat Jahan Choudhury, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois, to the position of United States District Court Justice for the Eastern District of New York.

If confirmed, Choudhury would become the first American Muslim woman and Bangladeshi-American to serve as a federal judge. 

Choudhury is the second American Muslim to be nominated by the Biden administration to the position of a federal judge. In June, Zahid Quraishi was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  

SEE: USA Today: Biden nominates Muslim woman to the federal bench, a first in US history as he diversifies the judiciary  

READ: Choudhury ACLU-IL Profile: Click here  

In a statement by CAIR Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Esq.:   

“We welcome President Biden’s historic nomination of Nusrat Choudhury to serve as a federal district court judge. We urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to swiftly consider her nomination.”    

“As an American Muslim civil rights attorney, Nusrat Chaudhury’s unique experience defending minority communities from discriminatory policies and national security abuses would broaden the prospective of the federal district court.  

“We look forward to seeing more American Muslims serve at every level of government during President Biden’s tenure, including – as he pledged during his campaign – in the Cabinet.”  

Background About Nusrat Jahan Choudhury:  

According to the ACLU IL’s website, “prior to joining the ACLU of Illinois, Nusrat served as Deputy Director of the national ACLU Racial Justice Program, a staff attorney in the ACLU National Security Project, and a Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow.”   

Choudhry’s ACLU profile also notes that she has worked on several issues of high importance to the American Muslim community, including:   

  • Helping to secure “the first federal court ruling striking down the U.S. government’s No Fly List procedures for violating due process.”   
  • Filing “litigation to challenge the NYPD’s unjustified and discriminatory profiling of Muslims for surveillance, which resulted in a court-ordered settlement agreement, and to secure public records about the FBI’s racial and ethnic mapping program.” 
  • “Advancing civil rights and civil liberties” and “First Amendment rights, government transparency, change in the criminal legal system and policing, voting rights”   
  • Leading “litigation to protect immigrants from dangerous detention conditions and serves as counsel for community organizations.” enforcing a federal consent decree to reform Chicago police patterns of excessive force.”  
  • Advancing “efforts to challenge racial profiling and unlawful stop-and-frisk, the targeting of people of color for surveillance without evidence of wrongdoing, and practices that disproportionately punish people for being poor.”  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.             

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.            

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,  

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