Nusrat Choudhury becomes first Muslim female federal judge in US history

Nusrat Jahan Choudhury, a civil rights attorney, has achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first Muslim woman to serve as a federal judge in the United States.

Her confirmation by the Senate marks a significant moment in the country’s judicial history.

Choudhury currently serves as the legal director of the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She has been a vocal advocate for racial justice and protecting civil liberties throughout her career. Her tireless efforts in challenging discriminatory practices and securing important court rulings have earned her the recognition of being a trailblazing civil rights lawyer.

The ACLU, where Choudhury has dedicated her expertise, has expressed their support and excitement for her confirmation. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who recommended her for the position, commended her as an exceptional embodiment of the American Dream. He highlighted her educational background and her commitment to ensuring that everyone has equal access to justice.

While Choudhury received broad support, her confirmation also faced opposition from some senators. Senator Joe Manchin expressed concerns about her past statements on criminal justice reform, raising questions about her ability to remain unbiased towards law enforcement officials. However, the majority vote favored her appointment, solidifying her historic achievement.

Choudhury’s career has been marked by significant accomplishments. One notable example is her instrumental role in challenging the US government’s no-fly list procedures, resulting in a federal court ruling that declared them in violation of due process. She has also been actively involved in litigation against the discriminatory profiling of Muslims for surveillance by the New York City Police Department.

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