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Jeynce Poindexter is a proud trans woman of color who helps to round out the driven team of advocates within Equality Michigan’s Department of Victim Services. As a dedicated member of EQMI’s staff, Ms. Poindexter is a transgender specialist and the first official Transgender Advocate at Equality Michigan. Ms. Poindexter has volunteered with many different agencies in the metro Detroit area for over 12 years and counting, which lead to her position at Equality Michigan. Since her arrival as a staff member last summer, Ms. Poindexter has worked diligently and tirelessly to be a voice and presence in and of the LGBT community, while also lending her advocacy and efforts to her clients – survivors of racial injustice, domestic violence, sexual assault, partner-on-partner violence, HIV/AIDS prevention, and countless other arenas that include and affect the LGBT community. To date, her advocacy work at Equality Michigan has helped over 50 people, reaching all genders, races, and backgrounds. Poindexter at the Clinton Township PFLAG Meeting While balancing an open caseload of over 20 clients, Ms. Poindexter is making intentional efforts to educate herself with skills to help serve her survivors. She has completed countless trainings, conferences, and workshops such as the Wayne County SAFE First Responders Advocacy Training, the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan in Conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Crime Victims Services Commission Training, Prosecuting Attorney of Wayne County Kim Worthy Rape Kit Summit, and the Creating Change Conference. Ms. Poindexter is also a proud founding board member of the Trans Sistas of Color Project and a member of the National LGBTQ Taskforce. Ms. Poindexter is very passionate about equality for all people and is willing to lend herself to anything that helps establish equality both locally and abroad. Recently, Ms. Poindexter has participated in the Women’s March in Philadelphia and protested the executive order banning Muslims at Detroit Metro Airport. You can find Ms. Poindexter in Grand Rapids every other Tuesday hosting pop-up office hours for the Department of Victim Services.