Starr Davis is dedicated to positively impacting her community through mentorship and motivation, serving as both a resource and beacon of hope for youth. Starr earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Florida State University and initially believed that her career path would lead to broadcast journalism, however a chance meeting with a prominent Atlanta attorney opened her eyes to the power of the law and the need for women like her in the courtroom. She emphatically answered the call 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.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Starr came from a tumultuous upbringing that made her a resilient woman who is passionate about the care and treatment of youth within the justice system and beyond. At the age of seven, Starr experienced her first encounter with sexual abuse at the hands of male family members. Starr remained silent about her pain and did not name her abusers to her family until well into adulthood. This experience fueled Starr’s passion to ensure that no other child suffer in silence and led to the creation of The Starr Institute, Inc. (TSI). Starr’s journey to healing was a long one, and when she was a child, she knew of no program to help her deal with her abuse. It is for this very reason that TSI is dedicated to the awareness and prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation of youth.
Starr is a champion for many causes. She is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Voices of Faith Ministries. Starr is a Center for Civic Innovation Fellow alum and a United Way VIP Program graduate. Since founding TSI, Starr served as a committee member for the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services’ Child Sexual Assault Prevention Committee and as the Banneker Café Coordinator with The Social Justice Café for Girls Initiative. TSI was also a partner organization with the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Taskforce. Starr still serves as a volunteer and partner with The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy’s Envision Project. Starr relocated to Miami, Florida in 2020, yet the mission of TSI continues. Starr is also a dynamic speaker who shares her story of triumph over childhood sexual abuse; the importance of protecting children and youth from sexual abuse and exploitation; overcoming adversity; living with a drug addicted parent; and transitioning into entrepreneurship with a husband and two minor children.
Starr has tackled her role as a family woman with the same fortitude as the founder and executive director of TSI. When she is not working, she enjoys nothing more than spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.