Meet Nicole Morales,Probation Counselor for our Pre-Prosecution Diversion Program. Nicole is a New Mexico native, born in Alamogordo and raised in Albuquerque. She received her bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of New Mexico.
Nicole’s biggest accomplishment in her career is knowing that she has helped many individuals during an extremely low point in their life. She is proud to know that the individuals that complete the Pre-Prosecution Diversion Program leave having more education, sobriety, employment and support – all tools necessary to keep themselves out of the Criminal Justice system. Nicole also had the privilege of being an active member of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). She also received a McGee Scholarship award for an essay she wrote on “Disproportionate Minority Contact: A study of Albuquerque Neighborhoods.”
Nicole began her career with the District Attorney’s office seven years ago as a Victim Advocate in the violent crimes division. During her time as an advocate she provided crisis intervention for victims of violent crime. Her role was to provide assistance to victims of violent crime during the prosecution process. Shortly after, she transitioned to Pre-Prosecution Diversion where she is currently employed as a Supervising Officer, overseeing non-violent felony offenders. Her role as a probation counselor is to provide resources, support and accountability to first-time felony offenders to hopefully divert them from a life of crime and prevent them from reoffending. Here is what she had to say about Women’s History Month:
Why is Women’s History Month important to you?
Women’s History Month is important to me because it’s a reminder of all the great things we can do as women. We are not limited to any specific role. We can do it all.
What women do you draw inspiration from?
One woman that I have always admired and looked up to is Anne Frank. She once said that “…It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” I have this quote written down in multiple places and it constantly reminds me of why I do the job that I do. I do truly believe that people are good, sometimes they just need someone to care, I’m honored that I can provide that care as a part of my career.
What does it mean to be a woman in law?
Being a woman in law is inspiring. There are a lot of amazing women doing great things for our community and for our justice system. It’s important that women be employed and involved in organizations where big decisions are being made.