Valencia Scott is a research analyst with the Research & Action Center, bringing a depth of insight and experience in areas including racialized policing and surveillance, carceral abuse/solitary confinement, legal aspects of decarceration, and crimmigration. Her lived experiences as a system-impacted youth are what motivated her to do advocacy work in the criminal justice field – particularly for those marginalized by mental health and sexual violence.
Valencia graduated from UC Davis where she was a Provost Undergraduate Fellow and earned a B.A. with high honors (magna cum laude) in anthropology and international relations. During her time at Davis, her research emphasized Black immigrant experiences with law enforcement, incarceration, and mandatory deportation.
Her passion for this research ultimately inspired her to help establish a local legal services clinic in the Sacramento area in 2018. She has worked extensively around these issues at the UC Davis School of Law’s Immigration and Civil Rights Clinics, and also participated in collaborative research projects with organizations like Legal Services of Northern California, the San Francisco Bar Association, and El Centro Legal de La Raza. She believes that fully confronting racial and gender disparities in the U.S. carceral system, particularly anti-Blackness and transphobia, is critical to achieving real justice. Valencia views research as necessary to centering and uplifting marginalized people, and draws all of her motivation and inspiration for this work from her beloved community.