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Nusrat
Choudhury

Nusrat Choudhury received her B.A. from Columbia University, and is a graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Yale Law School. Prior to joining the Racial Justice Program (RJP), Choudhury worked as an attorney in the ACLU National Security Project and a Marvin A. Karpatkin Fellow in RJP. Choudhury also served as a law clerk for Judge Barrington D. Parker in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and for Judge Denise Cote in the Southern District of New York.

The Constitution Applies When the Government Bans Americans From the Skies

The Constitution Applies When the Government Bans Americans From the Skies

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program & Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project at 2:58pm

The government does not have the unchecked authority to place individuals on a secret blacklist without providing them any meaningful...

Shhhh – What The FBI Doesn’t Want You to Know About its Racial Profiling Program

Shhhh – What The FBI Doesn’t Want You to Know About its Racial Profiling Program

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 12:40pm

The FBI is using a racial and ethnic mapping program to collect intelligence on American communities...

Ninth Circuit Gives ACLU’s No Fly List Clients Their Day in Court

Ninth Circuit Gives ACLU’s No Fly List Clients Their Day in Court

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 11:15am

Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the ACLU’s lawsuit challenging the U.S. government’s secretive No Fly List should go forward. This decision is a true victory for our clients and all Americans.

More than…

Fighting to Clear Their Names: Appeals Arguments Today for No-Fly List Challenge

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 10:04am

Today in Portland, Ore., I will be in a federal appeals court asking a three-judge panel to reinstate the ACLU's lawsuit challenging the government's secretive No-Fly List. We represent 15 U.S. citizens and permanent residents, including four military…

FBI FOIA Docs Show Use of "Mosque Outreach" for Illegal Intel Gathering

FBI FOIA Docs Show Use of "Mosque Outreach" for Illegal Intel Gathering

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 11:38am

This type of secret intelligence gathering is an affront to religious liberty and the right to equal protection of the law.

Empirical Study Confirms That American Muslims Do Not Pose a Threat of "Homegrown Terror"

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 12:49pm

Today, the N.Y. Times reported that Charles Kurzman, author of a study by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, concludes American Muslims pose "a minuscule threat to public safety." The report found that 20 American…

The Proof is in the Practice: FBI Documents Show Misuse of Community Outreach for Intelligence Gathering and Privacy Act Violations

The Proof is in the Practice: FBI Documents Show Misuse of Community Outreach for Intelligence Gathering and Privacy Act Violations

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 3:28pm

Last week, the ACLU released FBI documents showing that the bureau is secretly and deliberately collecting information about innocent Americans through community outreach programs and retaining information about these Americans’ speech, beliefs,…

Big Brother, Come Clean: The FBI is Misusing "Community Outreach" Programs for Intelligence Gathering

Big Brother, Come Clean: The FBI is Misusing "Community Outreach" Programs for Intelligence Gathering

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 2:59pm

The FBI is secretly and deliberately collecting information about innocent Americans' First Amendment-protected activities.

Mapping the FBI: Documents Show Widespread Racial and Religious Profiling by Government

Mapping the FBI: Documents Show Widespread Racial and Religious Profiling by Government

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 5:12pm

Yesterday, the ACLU unveiled a new initiative — Mapping the FBI — that exposes the ways in which vastly expanded FBI investigative authority has resulted in the unconstitutional investigation of American communities and individuals…

Biased Counterterrorism Trainings: Far More than One Bad Apple

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 11:19am

On Wednesday, yet another report confirmed the use of factually incorrect and bigoted training materials on Islam and Muslims — this time by the Department of Justice. Wired published a 2010 PowerPoint presentation created for the U.S. Attorney…

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