President and CEO
Center for Reproductive Rights
Nancy Northup is President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, a global human rights organization has documented rights abuses, brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. committees, and regional human rights bodies, and built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in over 55 countries.
Under her leadership, the Center’s game changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in the use of constitutional, international, and comparative human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies. It has played a key role in securing 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, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.
Before joining the Center in 2003, Ms. Northup was the founding director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, served as a prosecutor and Deputy Chief of Appeals in U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, and clerked for Judge Alvin B. Rubin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Northup has taught courses in constitutional and human rights law at Columbia and NYU law schools.
She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Kent Scholar and managing editor of the Columbia Law Review. A frequent public speaker, Ms. Northup is quoted widely in the national press and has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, FOX News, PBS, MSNBC and NPR.