Until April 2012, Nancy Chang was the manager for the Open Society National Security and Human Rights Campaign, which supports initiatives to restore human rights and promote a progressive national security policy. Between 2005 and 2008, Chang served as the program officer for the U.S. Programs’ Gideon Project, which supports the fair administration of criminal justice, including repeal and reform of the death penalty, indigent defense reform for adults and juveniles, and measures to end racial profiling in law enforcement.
Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Chang was the senior litigation attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City. While at the center, her docket focused on the protection of First Amendment rights for political activists, due process rights of non-citizens held in immigration detention, and institutional reforms to end racial profiling by the New York City Police Department. In January 2004, Chang successfully represented the Humanitarian Law Project in obtaining the first court ruling to find a portion of the USA PATRIOT Act unconstitutional.
Previously, Chang was a supervising attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services, where she engaged in both direct representation and impact litigation on behalf of low-income Brooklyn residents. She is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and the author of Silencing Political Dissent: How Post-September 11 Anti-Terrorism Measures Threaten our Civil Liberties (Seven Stories Press 2002); “How Democracy Dies: The War on Our Civil Liberties,” published in Lost Liberties: Ashcroft and the Assault on Personal Freedom (New Press 2003); and “The War on Dissent,” published in The Nation (September 13, 2004).