Franklin Lee supports the R Street Institute’s Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties team by providing broad administrative and research support on team projects.

Previously, Franklin worked as a paralegal for Lutheran Social Services of New York (LSSNY), where he performed a wide range of administrative tasks. Additionally, he worked as an Immigration Know Your Rights Trainer, funded by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), to teach immigrants about workers’ rights as well as the Fourth and Fifth Amendments so that they could protect themselves in the event of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.

Franklin has published an Amazon bestseller, The Art of Napping: The Sleeping Samurai and the Dormant Dragon (New Degree Press; Oct. 2017).

Franklin graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in East Asian studies and anthropology in 2015. He received his master’s in Asian studies from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2017.