Deborah Golden

Director, DC Prisoners’ Rights Project

Debpicture2Deborah Golden has been a Staff Attorney with the DC Prisoners’ Project since it became a part of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee in 2006.  Her practice focuses on litigation of constitutional claims on behalf of prisoners in federal and state courts in several jurisdictions.   She has also written extensively on issues related to the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) and its deleterious impact on the enforcement of constitutional rights.

Ms. Golden joined the DC Prisoners’ Legal Services Project in 2000, creating the Project’s “Women in Prison” effort.  Since that time, her work at the Project has focused on a range of issues affecting the treatment of prisoners.  In 2005, she led a collaborative effort with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health to study incarcerated women’s access to care.

Prior to joining the DC Prisoners’ Legal Services Project, Ms. Golden received a Skadden Fellowship to work with the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund in Pikeville, Kentucky, handling a range of civil issues on behalf of victims of domestic violence.

In addition to her work at the Committee, Ms. Golden is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School and serves as an active board member of the Coalition for Organ-Failure Solutions, a non-profit international health and human rights organization committed to combating the trafficking of humans for organs and ending the exploitation of the poor as a source of organ and tissue supplies. In 2011, she was named One of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under the Age of 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association.


  •  J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School
  •  B.S., with distinction and honors, Pennsylvania State University;
  •  B.A., with high distinction and honors Pennsylvania State University

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Selected Publications


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