Camelia M. Valdes Passaic County Prosecutor Seeking Justice By Captain Donna Roman Hernandez (Ret.)
History was made in the State of New Jersey on May 16, 2009 when Governor Jon S. Corzine nominated Camelia M. Valdes as the Passaic County Prosecutor. When Ms. Valdes was confirmed by the Legislature, she became the first Latina county prosecutor in the State of New Jersey, the first woman prosecutor in Passaic County, and the first lead prosecutor of Dominican ancestry in the United States.
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes has dedicated her professional career to government service and public safety. I had the honor of interviewing Prosecutor Valdes, a tough-minded straight shooter who does not shy away from handling difficult cases and has no qualms about whatever decision she is going to make.
Born to Dominican parents in the Bronx and raised in Newark, Valdes is a product of the Newark Public Schools, a graduate of Barringer High School. She earned her undergraduate degree in sociology from Seton Hall University in 1993, her law degree from Rutgers Law School-Newark in 1996 and her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University in May 2001.
Valdes served as Municipal Prosecutor in the City of Newark, a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark. Her experience has ranged from investigating and prosecuting municipal offenses to complex federal crimes that included human trafficking, health care fraud, financial offenses, and violent crimes.
Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, she served as an Assistant Counsel to Governor Christine Todd Whitman and Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco where she handled all aspects of criminal law. While at the Governor’s Office, two of her most notable accomplishments included working on the bills that created the New Jersey Drug Courts and the New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry. Read more...
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