Starr Davis

Civic Innovation Fellow 2018-2019

The starr institute



The mission of The Starr Institute is to empower girls who have survived sexual abuse to lead fulfilling lives by creating an environment that renews, reeducates, redirects the mind, body, and soul, encourages health, and fosters wholeness.


The Starr Institute is a non-profit aimed at increasing the housing resources available to girls affected by Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). The institute’s residential safe homes will provide comprehensive victim's services, including court advocacy, crisis counseling, trauma informed counseling, mentorship, education support services, support groups, life skills such as building/maintaining healthy relationships, empowerment and nutritional wellness.


Shavontana "Starr" Davis is dedicated to positively impacting her community through mentorship and motivation, serving as both a resource and beacon of hope for girls. Starr earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Florida State University and attended North Carolina Central University School of Law to obtain her Juris Doctor degree. She served as a Staff Attorney with The Office of the Public Defender, Atlanta Judicial Circuit for over five years. Through her work with the Starr institute, Starr is committed uplifting girls who have been sexually abused or trafficked, reminding them that they too can "shine where they are!"