Monica Smith
Program Officer, Criminal Justice
Monica Smith

Having over a decade of experience in Criminal Law, Attorney Monica Smith joins Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights as a Criminal Justice Program Officer. She works on nationwide criminal justice reform efforts focused on ending pre-trial detention and mass incarceration.

In her previous role as Director of the Miller Center for Special Mitigation at Friends of Island Academy, Monica partnered with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to minimize the length of stay on Riker’s Island for one of society’s most vulnerable groups – children.

Prior to moving to New York, she practiced in Louisiana as an attorney for individuals facing civil commitment and children in delinquency and child in need of care matters statewide. Monica began her career as a public defender in Kentucky.

Monica earned her B.A. in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana and J. D. from Southern University Law Center. She is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and Louisiana.