The 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
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
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.
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