War Crimes Research Office

Asma Kadri Keeler
Asma Kadri Keeler (JD '16)

Asma Kadri Keeler (JD '16)

Asma Kadri Keeler is currently Reproductive Rights Policy Counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union. Prior to serving as policy counsel, Asma was a staff lawyer at the ACLU in Wisconsin and Colorado working to advance a full range of civil liberties and domestic human rights issues through litigation in state and federal courts, but also through integrated advocacy efforts. Asma takes a particular interest in reproductive health issues and women’s rights. During her time as a litigator, she worked to protect the civil rights and liberties of young girls in  public school systems, in health systems, and in the workplace. She has spoken on the inhumanity of detaining children in carceral settings, combatting sexism in U.S. schools, and keeping families together in the U.S. immigration system.

During law school, she worked for the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), advising state governments on constitution drafting and peace negotiations. She also spent time working at the International Criminal  Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Office of the Prosecutor, serving as a student lawyer for the International Refugee Assistance Project, and worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative to help develop criminal defense bars in Eastern Europe. Asma was also on the International Criminal Court moot court team representing AUWCL in 2015.  Their team won its regional round and went on to place in the top 20 in the world at the finals in the Hague. 

Asma earned her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago and her JD, magna cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law. She clerked for Justice Thomas P. Mann at the Fairfax Circuit Court after law school.