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Cynthia Soohoo, L’92

Co-Director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic, CUNY Law School

Cynthia Soohoo is the Co-Director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at CUNY Law School. She supervises the clinic’s work on reproductive rights and health, trafficking, and youth in the adult criminal justice system.  Prior to coming to CUNY, Professor Soohoo was the Director of the U.S. Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights. In addition to managing U.S. litigation and state advocacy work, she spearheaded and supervised the development of the Center’s U.S. human rights advocacy and fact-finding work and the growth of its Law School Initiative.  From 2001-2007, Prof. Soohoo was the Director of the Bringing Human Rights Home Project at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute, and a supervising attorney for the law school’s Human Rights Clinic. She has worked on U.S. human rights issues before U.N. human rights bodies, the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, and in domestic courts.   Professor Soohoo is an author and frequent commentator on women’s human rights, the rights of youth in detention, and human rights advocacy in the United States. Professor Soohoo is chair of the board of the U.S. Human Rights Network, a national network dedicated to building and strengthening a people centered human rights movement in the United States. She is on the board of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and has served as co-chair of the American Constitutional Society’s Working Group on International Law and the Constitution and as a member of the national board of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.  While at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Soohoo was an editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. She is a former law clerk to the Hon. Gerard L. Goettel, U.S.D.J., S.D.N.Y.