Brittan Heller was a trial attorney in the human rights and special prosecutions section of the Justice Department's criminal division, who was assigned on detail to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit. She left the Justice Department in October 2015, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Heller joined the Justice Department in October 2011. She served as a special assistant US attorney in the violent crime and narcotics trafficking section of the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
Later, Heller was assigned to the human rights and special prosecutions section, where she specialised in cases involving genocide, war crimes, child-soldier use and torture, and investigated international criminal violations such as human trafficking, military contractor abuses and cybercrime.
Heller received her undergraduate degree and a master's degree in English from Stanford University. As a law student at Yale Law School, she met Nathaniel Gleicher, then a prospective student. The pair married in August 2009, only one month before they moved to South Korea to work for a year as Luce Scholars. There, Heller worked for Gong-gam, the Korean Public Interest Lawyers' Group, providing social welfare services and legal advice to North Korean refugees in Seoul. She has also worked in Buenos Aires in Argentina, Arusha in Tanzania, The Hague in the Netherlands, and Kabul in Afghanistan.
Heller speaks Korean, Italian and Spanish, according to her LinkedIn profile.