Arlington, Va.–President Joe Biden has made history by nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court of the United States. ECDC is inspired by this historic nomination that promotes judicial diversity at a time when the values and perspectives of marginalized groups must be actively protected. As the first Black woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson would be able to make meaningful contributions to fulfill the promise of “justice for all” embedded in the U.S. Constitution.
Judge Jackson, appointed and confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit Court, has impeccable judicial credentials. A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, Judge Jackson clerked for Justice Breyer and spent seven years as a public defender, providing her the invaluable perspective of defendants from the marginalized communities of the poor. In 2013, she became a federal judge. Judge Jackson is known for her unimpeachable character, her work ethic, her legal abilities and her alignment with the mainstream judicial community in her decisions.
Judge Jackson’s ruling on immigration cases has been balanced and fair. She held the Trump administration accountable by requiring relief for those who were harmed by his administration’s incorrect statements regarding asylum law and checked its abuse of executive power in expanding expedited deportations. Moreover, Judge Jackson has been a stalwart defender of the humanity of immigrants regardless of their status, consistently refusing to label them as “aliens” or “illegals.”
These are challenging times in the U.S. and around the world. The threat of authoritarianism and the attacks on democracy highlight the critical importance of the Supreme Court in maintaining the rule of law, a foundational principle of American democracy.
“Judge Jackson’s nomination to our highest court sends an important message to Americans and people all over the world. Despite many challenges, we will remain committed and vigilant to the aspirational principles of inclusive governance, said ECDC Executive Director Dr. Tsehaye Teferra. Only then can the rights of all Americans, enshrined in the Constitution, be protected.”
ECDC, based in Arlington, Va., is one of nine national resettlement agencies that has been resettling refugees since 1991, working with a network of affiliate organizations around the country. The mission of ECDC is to empower refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated members of American society who receive support from and ultimately contribute to their local communities. For more information, visit www.ecdcus.org.