Jessica Valadez

Equal Justice Works Fellow
Portrait photograph of Jessica Valadez

Jessica Valadez is an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by California ChangeLawyers and Salle Yoo & Jeff Gray, on NCYL’s Collaborative Responses to Commercial Sexual Exploitation Initiative. Her project aims to support tribal communities and child welfare systems to prevent, identify, and address the commercial sexual exploitationof native youth in California through legal advocacy, education, and collaboration. Prior to beginning her fellowship, Valadez clerked for two judges in the Unified Family Court at San Francisco Superior Court. Jessica earned her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law, where she participated in the Individual Representation Clinic, served as co-President of the Hastings Association of Youth Advocates, and was a founding member of Hastings’ First Generation Professionals program. During law school, Valadez also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable William Alsup in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, clerked at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, and externed at NCYL. Valadez received her B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Political Science and French Language and Literature.