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Nancy Northup    

President & CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights

Nancy Northup has served as President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights since 2003. Under her leadership, the organization has become the global leader in using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights. Through its offices on five continents, the Center has transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies around the world. It has secured legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, and safe abortion services, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in over 60 countries.

Northup has devoted her legal career to the public interest. She was the founding director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and clerked in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Northup has held adjunct appointments at NYU Law School and Columbia Law School and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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