Tiffany Williams is the Associate Director of the Institute for Policy Studies. Tiffany first came to IPS as an intern in 2003, and in 2008 she joined the staff as the social worker and Advocacy Director for IPS project Break the Chain Campaign. In addition to her role as project director at IPS, she contributed significantly to the work of allies in the low-wage worker movement, helping develop and coordinate a national anti-trafficking project called “Beyond Survival” with National Domestic Workers Alliance.

As a social worker, Tiffany has provided counseling and case management for domestic workers who survived human trafficking and labor exploitation in the Washington metro area. As an advocate and public scholar, she managed the creation of grassroots education materials and workshops around worker rights and human trafficking, facilitated trainings for NGO and government agents, and published several articles and reports in various online and print media publications.

Tiffany’s passion for IPS as a multi-issue “think and do tank” comes from her belief that smart, timely public scholarship can play a critical support role for grassroots movements led by the people most affected by social injustice.

Tiffany graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, and from Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is a licensed social worker in the District of Columbia.


For Working Women, Equity Unlocks Happiness

Unfortunately, sexual harassment, wage theft, intimidation and even labor trafficking are still distressingly common for low-wage women workers.

At the ILC, We Need to Think Beyond the Minimum of Decent Work

This summer’s International Labour Conference is our chance to initiate an intersectional view of supply chains.

When Services Allow Organizing, Trafficked Workers Win

Migrant workers need rights and safety nets, yet sob stories of abuse will not bring about such change. Organizing, on the other hand, will.

Working Until It’s Time for Your Grave

Like many Americans, my mom has no retirement savings.

How Can We Serve Our Public Servants?

A federal program lets promising and indebted college grads pursue careers in the public interest.

Reflections from India

Tiffany Williams, who has led IPS’ work on labor and human trafficking for more than a decade, reflects on a recent trip to India.

Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves

Migrant domestic workers from Bangladesh enjoy little protection from their government, but they’re not alone.

News on Mistreatment of Indian Diplomat Ignores Story of Domestic Worker Abuse, says expert at Institute for Policy Studies

“The treatment of Khobragade during her arrest raises serious concerns for us and for our international allies, but it is our belief this cannot be used as an excuse to ignore the deeper questions raised by the case,” said Tiffany Williams, Institute for Policy Studies.

Domestic Workers Deserve Protection: Hold Diplomats Like Khobragade to Account

Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade was clearly mistreated by U.S. officers, but what about the abuse that migrant domestic workers live through every day?

It Can’t Happen Here

Au pairs may get an experience they didn’t bargain for when they head for a stint in the United States.

What Immigration Reform Means for Women

Your guide to how the U.S. immigration system affects women differently from men–and how the Senate bill will change it.

Human Trafficking and Immigration: The Ties That Bind

President Obama has declared January as “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,” and immigration will be near the top of President Obama’s political agenda in his second term.

Key Facts from “The Dual Mandate: Immigration Enforcement and Human Trafficking”

Between 14,500 and 17,500 persons are trafficked into the country each year and that approximately 50,000 trafficked individuals may be present at any given time.

What Will Excluded Workers Celebrate Next Labor Day?

After this year’s celebrations of workers’ history, it’s time to focus on the ongoing fights for the rights of domestic workers, direct care workers, and guest workers.

Criminal Moms

Even as a social worker focused on the intersection of violence, ethnicity, immigration status, and the workplace for most of my career, the stories I heard on this trip overwhelmed me.

A Step Forward for Guestworkers in the United States

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor announced new protections for guestworkers with a temporary work permit.

Those Bad Old Days Are Still with Us

“The Help” is drawing attention to today’s domestic workers.

Protecting Guest Workers in the United States

Hershey’s chocolate packing plant is in at the center of a dispute related to a “summer work travel visa” with little opportunity beyond mere survival.

Georgia on My Mind

Thoughts, expectations, and plans for the We Belong Together delegation travels to Georgia to bring attention to the ways in which unjust immigration laws affect women, children and families.

Break The Chain Heads to Georgia

A delegation of women leaders will travel to the Peach state to hear about the negative impacts that immigration enforcement has on immigrant families.

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