AFJ Applauds Confirmation of First Muslim Woman Federal Judge 

Press Release

New York


WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2023 – Today the Senate voted to confirm Nusrat Choudhury to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Choudhury’s nomination has been pending for well over a year due to Republican opposition and attendance issues in the Senate. 

A dedicated civil rights and civil liberties attorney, Choudhury has spent her career advocating for equal justice under the law, including over a decade of service to the ACLU. Today she becomes the first Muslim woman and the first Bangladeshi American to serve as a federal judge. 

Alliance for Justice President Rakim H.D. Brooks issued the following statement: 

“This week has been a breath of fresh air. These deserving nominees are finally receiving the judicial commissions they’ve been due for so long. Nusrat Choudhury is a legal rockstar who has dedicated her career to racial justice. The dream would be to have a federal bench full of judges just like her — those that have advocated for everyday Americans, not just the wealthy and powerful. There are many vacancies left, and we should seize this opportunity to fill them with the best of the best.” 

For more on the incredibly qualified nominees still awaiting confirmation, check out AFJ’s Confirmations Overdue campaign.