Cynthia Soohoo is the Director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at CUNY Law School (formerly named International Women's Human Rights Clinic). She is in expert on women’s human rights, the human rights of youth in conflict with the law, and human rights advocacy in the United States. 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, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School, 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. Prof. Soohoo practiced law at the firm Covington & Burling for six years and was co-counsel in the landmark Alien Tort Statute case, Doe v. Karadzic.
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. She co-edited BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS HOME, a three-volume book on human rights in the United States, which received the 2008 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. She is a co-editor and frequent contributor to the Bringing Human Rights Home Law Professor Blog.
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.
Prof. Soohoo is a cum laude graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she 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.
- Human Rights Cities: Challenges and Possibilities (forthcoming book chapter)
- Juveniles in Solitary Confinement: Rehabilitation or Torture, 20 Cardozo J. L. and Gender 689 (2014) (symposium transcript)
- Hyde-Care for All: The Expansion of Abortion Funding Restrictions Under Health-Care Reform, 15 CUNY L. REV. 391 (2012)
- Who is a Human Rights Defender? An Essay on Sexual and Reproductive Rights Defenders, 65 U. Miami L. Rev. 981 (2011) (co-author with Diana Hortsch)
- The Full Realization of Our Rights: The Right to Health in State Constitutions, 60 CASE W. RES. L. REV. 997 (2011) (co-author with Jordan Goldberg)
- BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS HOME (Cynthia Soohoo, Catherine Albisa and Martha F. Davis, eds., abridged, U. Penn. Press 2009)
- Bringing Theories of Human Rights Change Home, 70 FORDHAM L. REV. 459 (2008) (co-author with Suzanne Stolz)
- Close to Home: Social Justice Activism and Human Rights, 40 COLUM. HUM. RTS. L. REV. 7 (2008)
- Human Rights and the Transformation of the “Civil Rights” and “Civil Liberties” Lawyer, in BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS HOME, (Cynthia Soohoo, Catherine Albisa and Martha F. Davis, eds., 3 vols, Prager Perspectives 2008)
- CLEARING THE SLATE: SEEKING EFFECTIVE REMEDIES FOR CRIMINALIZED TRAFFICKING VICTIMS (2014) (editor)
- WHOSE CHOICE? HOW THE HYDE AMENDMENT HARMS POOR WOMEN (2010) (editor)
- DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS: ABORTION PROVIDERS FACING THREATS, RESTRICTIONS AND HARASSMENT (2009) (editor)