Keyna Smith is the Director of Anti-Human Trafficking and Advocacy at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. As a professional speaker, she trains on the identification, awareness, and prevention of human trafficking. She conducts assessments on at-risk youths, advocates, and connects survivors of sex and labor trafficking to community resources throughout Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties. As a passionate Licensed Social Worker, Keyna has been relentless in her efforts to support oppressed populations by assisting them with regaining their voices. Her work at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center includes managing the Project STAR Team; the advocates embedded in the Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce office and creating programming for Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s Human Trafficking Drop-In Center. She serves as a member of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court’s Safe Harbor Advisory Board, and she chairs the Human Trafficking Committee for the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). Keyna holds a Master’s degree in Science in Social Administration (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts in Psychology from Cleveland State University. In her spare time, she enjoys watching documentaries and gardening.
The Role of the Attorney in Providing Direct Representation to LGBTQ+ Clients with Mental Health Diagnoses: Lessons Learned in a Trauma-Informed Approach