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Lorilei Williams

Senior Staff Attorney
Southern Poverty Law Center
Atlanta GA
Lorilei A. Williams is an abolitionist and artist dedicated to empowering low-income migrants and teaching legal advocates how to engage in trauma-informed and anti-racist advocacy. Currently, she is a senior staff attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative, where she trains, mentors, and supports colleagues in their representation of detained migrants in Georgia and Louisiana. Previously, she served as the director of immigration and LGBTQ/HIV advocacy at Staten Island Legal Services where she supervised a team of advocates in their representation of low-income Staten Islanders and spearheaded efforts to engage with the Staten Island Latinx LGBTQ community through a community lawyering model. Ms. Williams was also a founding steering committee member of the Immigrant Active Response Collaborative (Immigrant ARC) and has engaged in numerous volunteer efforts, including #NoBanJFK, the border crisis, and the Immigrant ARC Upstate Lawyer Caravan. Ms. Williams is a graduate of the 2018 Racial Justice Institute (RJI) cohort led by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and now serves on the RJI Advisory Committee. Building on her prior work with detained immigrant minors, Ms. Williams continues to collaborate actively with attorneys and the media to expose unjust practices relating to minors. Ms. Williams is admitted to the state bars of New York and Texas. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
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