Valentina Morales

Director Women’s Project

Valentina Morales is the Senior Director of Justice Initiatives at Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc. She is the creator and director of the Women’s Project, an alternative to pre-trial detention program for women who do not qualify for supervised release or charitable bail. Prior to joining Fedcap, Valentina was a chief regional supervisor at the Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS) in the First Judicial Department. She led three teams of senior trial attorneys in providing legal representation to persons committed to psychiatric hospitals throughout New York County, as well as those receiving court-ordered care, and persons receiving services from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). While at MHLS, Valentina led research initiatives aimed at addressing quality of care issues and consistently advocated to improve individual hospital policies and practice. Prior to joining MHLS, she was a senior associate at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP where she represented sovereigns and state-owned entities in disputes with transnational investors. At Curtis, Valentina maintained a robust pro bono practice focused primarily on advocating for inmate mothers detained in both city and state correctional facilities. She began her legal career at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem where she created and directed a program aimed at providing quality holistic representation to monolingual Spanish-speaking clients. Her work included in-court representation, community outreach and professional instruction on how to recognize and address issues unique to the arrest of non-citizens.