Valentina De Fex
is New Staff Attorney
She brings broad immigration expertise to legal team
In March, Valentina De Fex became the ACLU of Utah's Staff Attorney after serving for a year as the affiliate’s first Immigrants’ Rights Legal Fellow. In her new position, Valentina will help manage the ACLU of Utah's legal docket and engagement across a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties issues.
She also plans to continue her work on equity issues for Utah’s minority and underserved communities, while also leading a redesign of legal and outreach approach to K-12 education issues.
“I am glad to extend my involvement with the ACLU of Utah team in this new role and look forward to working with my colleagues to use all the legal, policy, and community empowerment tools available to advance justice issues,” Valentina said. “With our current legal docket, we have opportunities to make significant progress both inside and outside of the courtroom.”
As a Legal Fellow, her work has focused on the civil rights and liberties as they affect immigrant communities, ensuring that immigrants' rights are both recognized and protected. Working on topics ranging from immigration detention to vaccine distribution to combatting the effects of the English-Only law, she has identified and resolved legal and policy barriers and re-shaped government practices to better service immigrant communities in Utah.
Prior to joining the ACLU of Utah, Valentina was an immigration attorney for a non-profit in Portland, Ore. As a first-generation immigrant, Valentina's experiences provided her with first-hand insight into the systemic barriers that many immigrants face on a daily basis. Her personal experience and the cruel realities of the immigration system that she's witnessed have led her down a path devoted to the defense of Immigrants' constitutional rights and civil liberties.
Valentina earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her J.D. from Boston College Law School where she was awarded the Susan Grant Desmarais Award for Public Service Achievement and Leadership and named a Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy Law Fellow.