Stephanie Williams, J.D. is an international human rights law advocate and social entrepreneur with more than twenty years of experience in her field. During her career, she has worked for and with numerous nonprofit and intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, European Court of Human Rights, Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights Watch. She has traveled to over 15 countries and has assisted more than 1200 victims of rape, child abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence, torture, sex trafficking, modern-day slavery, and state sponsored violence.
Ms. Williams is also a committed public servant and generously donates her skills and time to worthy causes. In 2008, she co-founded the Food For Life Network AIDS Marathon to benefit Food For Life Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides prepared meals and groceries, nutritional counseling, and education to children and adults living with HIV/ AIDS in South Florida.
Ms. Williams co-founded Janus Institute For Justice, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to social and environmental justice. She held several leadership positions during her five year tenure (2010-2015) with the organization, including founding Board of Directors Member, Acting President, Vice President, Secretary, Social Media Director, Web Designer, Volunteer Recruitment Director, Lead Project Manager, and Writer/Editor. She resigned from Janus Institute For Justice in December 2015 to pursue other opportunities.
Ms. Williams joined the American Bar Association, Section of International Law while in law school (circa 2006) and held numerous leadership positions during her seven year membership: Co-Chair of the International Human Rights Committee (2015-2016); Vice Chair of the International Human Rights Committee (2013-2015); Chair of the IHRC’s Subcommittee on Human Trafficking (2013-2016); Social Media Manager for the 2nd and 3rd Annual International Human Rights Lobby Day (2014, 2015); Vice Chair of the International Models Project on Women’s Rights (IMPOWR) Task Force (2011-2014); Section and Committee Liaison to Fmr ABA President Laurel Bellows’ Human Trafficking Task Force (2012-13); and Social Media Chair and Vice Chair for ABA IMPOWR and ABA IHRC (2011-2016).
Ms. Williams earned a Bachelor’s of Art, magna cum laude, in political science with minors in gender studies and international relations. She studied abroad at University of Oxford as an undergraduate and at the University College of London while in law school. Ms. Williams received a Juris Doctor with distinction from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was selected as a H.O.P.E. Fellow, and was the recipient of the Sonia Yadr Schneider Scholarship and Res Ipsa Loquitur Writing Award. Ms. Williams was the Executive Editor of the University of Miami International & Comparative Law Review; an Executive Officer on the UM Law School’s Honor Council; and a founding member of the UM Innocence Clinic, formerly known as the UM Wrongful Conviction Project. Her first law review article was published in 2005.
Ms. Williams is a an amateur astronomer, science geek, poet, writer / editor, educator, avid reader (who proudly supports public libraries), actress, web designer, volunteer and fundraiser. Other interests include quantum physics, deep ocean exploration, sky-diving, traveling and photography. In her spare time, she works to complete her second book of poetry: Sex Will Be Sweeter For My Daughters.