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TIFFANY WILLIAMS ROBERTS

TIFFANY WILLIAMS ROBERTS joined Southern Center for Human Rights in April  2018 as the Community Engagement & Movement Building Counsel. She has practiced  criminal defense since 2008, first as a public defender with the Atlanta Judicial Circuit  Public Defender and later as a solo practitioner. As a public defender, Tiffany represented  hundreds of indigent clients facing felony prosecution and graduated from the Gideon’s  Promise trial advocacy training program. She expanded her private practice to include  civil rights litigation for victims of police abuse.


A significant portion of Tiffany’s practice is dedicated to pro bono representation of  activists and organizers. She has been recognized by several organizations for movement  34 BLACK ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS LAWYERS ASSOCIATION lawyering and activism. A community organizer, she co-founded police accountability organization Building Locally  to Organize for Community Safety (BLOCS) in 2008 to promote a holistic approach to public safety. BLOCS successfully  advocated for legislative improvements to the Atlanta Citizen Review Board along with other critical local policy changes. She  is also a founding member of the Atlanta chapter of the global Black Lives Matter network.


In 2010, she was appointed to the search committee for the selection of Atlanta’s police chief. In 2013, she served on an  Atlanta City Council working group to evaluate legislation to address the equitable treatment of sex workers in the city limits.  Tiffany joined the Atlanta Fulton County Pre- Arrest Diversion Program (PAD) Design Team in 2017 and continues her support  of PAD (now “Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative”). Tiffany was Co-Chair of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ Progressive  Agenda Working Group Criminal Justice Commission and served on the City’s Taskforce to Reimagine the Atlanta City  Detention Center. She also served as Co-Chair of Mayor Bottoms’ Use of Force Advisory Council. Recent awards include being  named in Atlanta Magazine’s 500 Most Powerful Leaders since it began and in 2020 received the Georgia Association of Black  Women Attorneys’ Barbara C. Harris Award for Community Service.