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Nancy Abudu    

Staff Counsel at ACLU Voting Rights Project, Environmental Racism & Justice Activist

Nancy G. Abudu is the Deputy Legal Director of Voting Rights for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Abudu leads a team of legal and technical experts dedicated to ensuring the voting rights of minority communities and other politically vulnerable populations, primarily in the Deep South. She was previously the legal director for the ACLU of Florida. She has also served as a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.

Abudu has litigated a variety of civil rights cases in federal and state courts, including challenges to state felon disenfranchisement, proof of citizenship and voter photo ID laws. She has pushed for greater enforcement of the Voting Rights Act and other federal laws that protect the right to vote. She has published several articles and a book chapter on various forms of voter suppression. Abudu received her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, and she earned a law degree from Tulane Law School.

She is a member of the National Black Environmental Justice Network, has made presentations before the United Nations regarding environmental racism, and has co-authored reports on environmental justice.


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