News & Announcements

Teresa Stafford Named Chief Program Officer

January 26, 2021

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Promotes Teresa Stafford to Chief Program Officer Cleveland Rape Crisis Center today announced that Teresa Stafford has been promoted to Chief Program Officer. In her role, Stafford will oversee all Cleveland Rape Crisis Center programs, including clinical, advocacy and 24-hour services; case management; and prevention, education and community outreach. “During her...continue

We can help people we see every day avoid or escape human traffickers: Keyna Smith (

January 22, 2021

This article was originally published by on January 22, 2021.   By Keyna Smith, Director of Anti-Human Trafficking and Advocacy CLEVELAND — January is a time to start anew. But January is also a time to remember some of our community’s most vulnerable individuals, as it is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. According to the...continue

5 Things You Can Do for Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January 7, 2021

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month This January, you can show your support for survivors and help Cleveland Rape Crisis Center spread awareness about the issue of human trafficking.    Start with these five action steps:   1. Wear Blue on January 11. By wearing blue on Human Trafficking Awareness Day, you can show your...continue

Targeted Support for Black Sexual Assault Survivors Coming to Cleveland (ideastream)

December 9, 2020

  This article was originally published by WVIZ ideastream on November 24.   The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is launching a counseling program for Black survivors of sexual assault who are in the middle of legal action. The center will use a curriculum created by Cleveland-area psychologist Tyffani Dent specifically designed for African Americans. Sessions...continue

We need your voice. Contact your elected officials today.

November 4, 2020

Dear Friend: This is urgent. Survivors of rape, sexual abuse, and human trafficking are reaching out for help more than ever before. Cleveland Rape Crisis Center needs your help as we seek funding to support our core services through the Cuyahoga County budget process. Your voice can make a difference. Take action today in three...continue

Human trafficking thrives in the shadows. Take action today.

October 27, 2020

Please contact your elected officials to support survivors of human trafficking in our community. Dear Friend: Yesterday, I joined Attorney General Dave Yost and statewide anti-human trafficking partners to announce the results of the largest anti-human trafficking operation in Ohio’s history. Operation Autumn Hope identified over 100 trafficking survivors and Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s team...continue

Ohio’s largest anti-human trafficking operation results in 154 rescues, 179 arrests (

October 26, 2020

This article was originally published by on October 26, 2020.   COLUMBUS, Ohio—Federal, state, and local officials launched what they say is the largest anti-human-trafficking operation in state history last week, rescuing 154 victims and arresting 179 men for illegally soliciting sex and other crimes. During Operation Autumn Hope, which involved more than 50...continue

Crisis funding plummets during pandemic (

October 9, 2020

By: Sondra Miller, President and CEO of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and Melissa Graves, Chief Executive Officer of Journey Center for Safety and Healing (formerly Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center)   It just doesn’t add up. Across our region, survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking are reaching out for help more...continue

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