Washington, D.C. - May 19, 2023 - The Ghana Diaspora Public Affairs Collective (GHPAC), a national organization representing Ghanaians living in the United States, celebrates the recent confirmation of Nancy Gbana Abudu as United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The Senate's decision to confirm Ms. Abudu is a significant milestone in advancing the cause of civil rights, ensuring equal representation, and promoting social justice in our nation. The organization released the following statement:
“Last year, the Ghana Diaspora Public Affairs Collective urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance President Joe Biden’s nomination of Abudu. Ms. Abudu’s life’s work to protect the right to vote as promised by the 15th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as well as her extensive legal experience makes her more than qualified to lead the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Now, she has made history as not only the first Black woman to serve on the Eleventh Circuit, but as the first Ghanaian American to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Ms. Abudu is a highly accomplished and respected advocate for civil liberties, with a proven track record of fighting for marginalized communities. Throughout her distinguished career, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to protecting voting rights, challenging discriminatory practices, and promoting equity and inclusion. Her wealth of experience and expertise make her eminently qualified for this important role, and we commend the Senate for recognizing her exceptional qualifications.
As the Eleventh Circuit Court judge, Ms. Abudu will play a pivotal role in shaping policies that promote fairness, equality, and access to justice for all Americans. Her leadership and strategic vision will be instrumental in addressing systemic inequities, dismantling barriers to equal opportunity, and championing the rights of underserved communities. We were impressed with Ms. Abudu’s handling of her tough confirmation hearing and cheered when she invoked her Ghanaian father’s immigration story in regard to the reason she fights for “religious freedom”, “free speech”, “voting rights”, “criminal justice”, and that “all people have equal access to justice” and “equal access under law”. We are confident that her passion, knowledge, and dedication to civil rights will make a lasting impact in fostering a more just and inclusive society.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Abudu on her confirmation. We look forward to rooting for her as she advances the principles of justice, equality, and civil rights that are at the core of the New American dream.”
Ghana Diaspora Public Affairs Collective is an advocacy organization founded by Ghanaian Americans focused on empowering Ghanaians in the diaspora and advancing U.S.-Ghana relations. We represent one of the fastest growing and naturalizing communities in the United States. Through advocacy, education, and collaboration, we seek to empower our community and advance civic engagement. For more information, please visit at https://ghanadiasporapac.org/.