Stephanie Williams, Juris Doctor, is an international human rights law advocate and social entrepreneur with more than nineteen years of experience in her field. During her career, she has worked for and with numerous nonprofit and intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, ECHR, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch. She has lived, worked or traveled in 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 a strong advocate of public service 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 also co-founded Janus Institute For Justice, a social and environmental justice nonprofit organization headquartered in Arkansas. She serves numerous capacities during her tenure (2010-2015) with the organization, including Board of Directors Member, Acting President, Vice President, Secretary, Social Media Director, Web Designer & Manager, Volunteer Recruiter, Project Manager, Program Coordinator, and Writer/Editor. Ms. Williams resigned from Janus Institute For Justice in December 2015. She remains in contact or consultation with the many volunteers, businesses, and governmental entities she worked with over the years.
Ms. Williams has also been an active member of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law since law school. She has served as Vice Chair of the International Human Rights Committee (2013-2015); Vice Chair of the International Models Project on Women’s Rights (IMPOWR) Task Force (2011-2014); and as the ABA SIL IHRC Liaison to Fmr ABA President Laurel Bellows’ Human Trafficking Task Force (2012-13).
In August 2015, Ms. Williams was appointed Co-Chair of the ABA International Human Rights Committee (IHRC) and remains the Chair of the committee’s Subcommittee on Human Trafficking. Since 2014, Ms. Williams has received four awards at the Annual Conference from ABA Section of International Law awards for her work on the IHRC.
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 the University of Oxford, the University of Ghana, and the University College of London. Ms. Williams received a Juris Doctor with distinction from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Sonia Yadr Schneider Scholarship, the H.O.P.E. Fellowship, and the Res Ipsa Loquitur Writing Award. She was also Executive Editor of the University of Miami International & Comparative Law Review, an Executive Officer on the Honor Council, and a founding member of the UM Innocence Clinic, formerly known as the UM Wrongful Conviction Project.
Ms. Williams is a poet, amateur astronomer intrigued by quantum physics, and a deep ocean enthusiast. She is an educator, avid reader (who proudly supports all public libraries), actress, writer, web designer/blogger/social networker, and fundraiser. In her spare time, she works to complete her second book of poetry: Sex Will Be Sweeter For My Daughters.