Nusrat J. Choudhury

Nusrat is one of our panelists at “The Impact of Slavery on American Jurisprudence and Activism” on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in San Francisco.


1619_panel_Nusrat_Choudhury_200pxNusrat J. Choudhury is Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Racial Justice Program, where she oversees efforts to combat discrimination, white supremacy, and other drivers of racial and ethnic inequality in the United States.

Nusrat pursues strategic litigation and advocacy against racial injustice in the criminal legal system, including racial and ethnic profiling by police and “debtors’ prisons” – the illegal arrest and jailing of people unable to pay court fines and fees.

She is lead counsel in Brown v. Lexington County, South Carolina, which has achieved significant court rulings and prompted the recall of tens of thousands of unlawful failure-to-pay warrants statewide.

As lead counsel in Kennedy v. The City of Biloxi, Mississippi, Nusrat secured model reforms to advance equal treatment of rich and poor in courts.

Nusrat is also a lead counsel in Collins v. The City of Milwaukee, a constitutional challenge to Milwaukee’s stop-and-frisk program on behalf of Black and Latino residents, which resulted in a landmark 2018 court-ordered settlement agreement requiring sweeping reforms.

Previously, Nusrat served as a staff attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Project.  She secured the first court ruling requiring the U.S. government to provide notice and process to U.S. persons on the No Fly List, led litigation and advocacy to combat the FBI’s racial and ethnic mapping program, challenged the prolonged detention of a U.S. citizen overseas, and developed litigation against the NYPD’s Muslim surveillance program.

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.  She completed her J.D. at Yale Law School, her M.P.A. at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and her B.A. at Columbia University.

Nusrat is a recipient of the South Asian Bar Association of New York Access to Justice Award, the Edward Bullard Distinguished Alumnus Award of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.