Marya L. Simmons is the Statewide Program Coordinator with the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. Ms. Simmons is a national presenter, has two degrees in criminal justice, is certified as a chemical dependency counseling assistant, and a member of Tiffin University’s Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
Previously, Ms. Simmons was the Victim-Witness Unit Supervisor at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, where she supported victims and witnesses throughout the judicial system process. Prior to joining the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, she was a Justice System Advocate at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, where she supported survivors of sexual assault inside and outside of the criminal justice system. She has advocated for women who have been diagnosed with drug and alcohol dependency and mental health illnesses, and she is adept to working with diverse populations while addressing the many needs of survivors beyond just their cases.
Marya Simmons actively supported victims associated with Cuyahoga County’s CODIS Task Force (Untested Rape Kit Initiative) since 2013, is a Registered Advocate with Senior Standing with the State of Ohio, and is on the Executive Committee for the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team. Ms. Simmons has also received the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office’s 2016 award for Distinguished Contributions to Victim Advocacy.