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Allison Perlin

Associate Attorney


As Associate Attorney and University of Pennsylvania Law Review Fellow, Allison Perlin advocates for human rights on behalf of clients. She conducts legal research, analyzes current law, and strategizes on what the law can and should be from a human rights perspective for both impact litigation and direct representation cases.

Allison is dedicated to using her law degree and field experience to continue addressing injustices in the United States and globally. She has worked in direct advocacy on behalf of clients in asylum and other immigration proceedings, transnational impact litigation, and academic research on U.S. immigration.

Prior to joining Human Rights First, Allison served as the Theodore W. Zillman Fellow at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in 2015. From 2015 to 2017, Allison ensured accountability for genocide committed by governments while working at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. There, she focused on addressing violent crimes disproportionately perpetrated based on religion, ethnicity, and gender. At the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Allison was a Toll Public Interest Fellow working as Director of the International Human Rights Advocates, Litigation Manager for the Criminal Records Expungement Project, and National Next Generation Leader of the American Constitution Society.

Allison received her Bachelor of Arts with highest honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2020.