Deputy Director, Women’s Rights Project
American Civil Liberties Union
Ming-Qi Chu (she/her/hers) is the Deputy Director of the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. The Women’s Rights Project engages in systemic legal reform to ensure that everyone has the freedom to live, work, and learn free from stereotypes, harassment, and violence based on sex. Its recent work includes challenging employment rules that penalize workers for their pregnancies or push them out of the paid workforce altogether, challenging sex-specific dress codes in schools and at work, and fighting the mass eviction crisis and other unfair housing practices that disproportionately lock out women, particularly Black women, from housing opportunities.
Before joining the ACLU, she served in the Biden Administration as Senior Counsel to the Solicitor of Labor, where she advised on a range of executive priorities, including the implementation of the Racial Equity and Gender Equity Executive Orders and the issuance of an Emergency Temporary Standard to protect the safety and health of workers during the Coronavirus pandemic. Prior to her work in the federal government, Ming was Chief of the Civil Enforcement Section in the Labor Bureau of the New York Attorney General's Office, where she oversaw strategic litigation and investigations across the state. Ming was additionally part of the New York Attorney General's litigation team challenging federal administrative action during the Trump Administration. She was one of the lead counsel for the State of New York in the Title X litigation, Oregon, New York, et al. v. Azar, and the Public Charge litigation, New York, et al. v. Department of Homeland Security.
Ming has also worked in private practice at labor and employment firm, Vladeck, Raskin, and Clark, P.C, and as a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Yale College.