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Empowerment with Passaic County Prosecutor & SHU alumna, Camelia Valdes
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Camelia ValdesThe Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute at Seton Hall University is proud to welcome Seton Hall alumna and Alpha Kappa Alpha member, Passaic County Prosecutor, Camelia Valdes. Ms. Valdes will be joining us on Tuesday, March 18 from 6-8 p.m. to speak about Empowerment through Leadership and Community Building. This event will take place in the Beck Rooms located in the Walsh Library.

Upon attaining the position of Passaic County Prosecutor, Ms. Valdes 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.

She 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. 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.

In October 2011, Hispanic Business Magazine named Ms. Valdes one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States. In December 2011, Honorable Leonel Fernandez, President of the Dominican Republic, named Ms. Valdes one of the 100 Most Influential Dominicans Living Abroad. Valdes says: “The secret of my success is my absolute resolve to work tirelessly on behalf the public. Tenacity and the drive for achievement are my tributes to: the sacrifices my parents made for my sisters and me, the confidence my friends and colleagues place in me, and my desire to contribute to safer communities.”

The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute at Seton Hall University is one of the premier centers for Latino studies in the tri-state area. Furthermore, Seton Hall University’s historic mission for over 150 years has been to mentor and assist new immigrants to attain a higher education

This event is co-sponsored by the Adelante Student Organization, Women for Women International, Seton Hall International Law Society, Lamba Theta Phi and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

For more information please contact:
Ana Campoverde
(973) 761-9422


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