Biden nominates Bangladeshi-origin Nusrat as US Federal Court judge
Published: 10:20 AM, 20 January 2022 Updated: 01:59 PM, 20 January 2022
Nusrat Jahan Choudhury (left), a civil rights lawyer of Bangladeshi descent, would serve in a federal district court in New York state; Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer
United States President Joe Biden has nominated Nusrat Jahan Chowdhury, the first Muslim-American woman of Bangladeshi descent, to be a judge in a US Federal Court.
The White House made the announcement on Wednesday (January 19) after announcing the list of judicial nominees, reports White House.
According to Al Jazeera, the US Senate has confirmed that Nusrat Jahan, a 44-year-old lawyer of Bangladeshi descent, will serve as a Federal District Court Judge in New York State.
The White House said in a statement that Nusrat was the “first Bangladeshi-American, the first Muslim-American woman, and the only second Muslim-American” to serve as a Federal Judge.
Nusrat is currently serving as the Legal Director of Illinois’ state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a civil rights group. She has previously served as Deputy Director of ACLU’s Ethnic Justice Program in New York.
Nusrat Jahan Chowdhury was involved in a number of civil rights cases, including a federal government no-fly list and a case challenging the New York Police Department’s surveillance of the Muslim community.
Earlier, in August 2021, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recommended Nusrat’s appointment to US President Joe Biden.
Nusrat Jahan Chowdhury graduated from the world-famous Yale Law School. Prior to joining the Civil Liberties Union, she also worked with Clark of the New York Southern District Court and Judge Barrington Parker of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
Source: Al Jazeera