Camelia M. Valdes, '93/J.D.
“One of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States”- Hispanic Business Magazine
“One of the 100 Most Influential Dominicans Living Abroad”- Honorable Leonel Fernandez, President of the Dominican Republic
Camelia M. Valdes ’93/J.D. is the first Latina county prosecutor in New Jersey, the first woman prosecutor in Passaic County and the first lead prosecutor of Dominican ancestry in the United States.
Born in the Bronx and raised in Newark, Valdes received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Seton Hall University, her law degree from Rutgers Law School-Newark and her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University.
She has dedicated her professional career to government service and public safety. She served as Municipal Prosecutor in the City of Newark, as Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the federal District of New Jersey. Her wide prosecutorial experience ranged from investigating and prosecuting municipal offenses to complex federal crimes that included human trafficking, health care fraud, financial offenses and violent crimes.
“While the role of prosecutor allows me the opportunity to investigate and prosecute crimes, it also affords me the opportunity to advocate for victims and seek justice.”
Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, Valdes served as an Assistant Counsel to Governor Christine Todd Whitman and Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco. While at the Governor’s Office, two of her proudest accomplishments included working on the legislation that created the New Jersey Drug Courts and the New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry.
Valdes is active in bar associations, community service organizations and parent advocacy. She was the 25th President of Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and a former board of trustee member of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. As the proud mother of two beautiful autistic girls, ages 7 and 5, Valdes takes every opportunity to raise awareness about autism and special needs education.
Celebrate Women’s History Month and hear this incredible and accomplished woman speak at the March 30 Women’s Conference : Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment
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