Debra Perlin (@DebraPerlin) works at the intersection of national security, constitutional law, and human rights. Currently, she is Director of Policy at the American Constitution Society (ACS) where she spearheads the creation of policy proposals on issues related to national security, separation of powers, rule of law, and administrative law, with a particular focus on how these issues affect courts and lawyering.
Prior to joining ACS, Debra was the Supreme Court Fellow in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice at the United States Supreme Court where she facilitated the Court’s work with foreign and international courts and judges. Debra started her career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and then served as a Justice Advisor in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement conducting on-the-ground assessments of foreign legal systems. Debra is a Truman Security Fellow. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two daughters.