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They See Blue® congratulates Nusrat Choudhury as first Muslim woman to be confirmed as federal judge

JUNE 18, 2023 — They See Blue®, an organization focused on mobilizing South Asian voters to elect Democrats, congratulates civil rights lawyer Nusrat Choudhury who was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She is the first Bangladeshi-American and female Muslim federal judge to achieve that honor in the nation.

“We are very pleased by Judge Choudhury’s confirmation,” said They See Blue® co-founder Rajiv Bhateja. “The Biden administration is to be complimented for its openness to diversity in judicial appointments. This would not have been possible but for the narrow Senate majority, which underscores the importance of voting in every election.”

The Senate June 15 confirmed Judge Choudhury by a 50-49 vote, with every Democrat except one supporting her. She has been a dedicated civil rights and civil liberties attorney, advocating for equal justice under the law.

Chicago-born and bred, Judge Choudhury, who has degrees from Columbia and Princeton Universities and Yale Law School, was most recently the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union. She also previously worked as a development associate for Women’s Prison Association & Home, Inc. and for Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children, both based in New York City.

Judge Choudhury joined the ACLU in 2008 as a Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow, supporting its Racial Justice Program in a variety of federal constitutional and statutory matters at the trial level, including conducting legal research, preparing and taking depositions, and factual investigations.

The following year she joined the ACLU’s National Security Project as a staff attorney. Her cases involved constitutional rights matters, including due process, equal protection, freedom of religion and protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

About They See Blue:
Founded in 2018 by four South Asian Americans, They See Blue® has grown to more than 6,000 members with 22 grassroots chapters nationwide. As a registered Section 527 all-volunteer organization, They See Blue® seeks to engage and increase the participation of South Asian Americans in the political process of our great country and to help elect Democrats. For more information, see:


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