DANR Congratulates Camelia Valdes As The First Dominican American In U.S. History To Head A Prosecutor’s Office
The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) congratulates Camelia Valdes as the new Passaic County Prosecutor in New Jersey. This makes her the first Dominican American to head a Prosecutor’s office in U.S. history. Valdes was nominated to the position by New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine on March 16, 2009 and was confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate on June 26, 2009.
“We are very proud of Camelia Valdes for her achievement and wish her success as the chief law enforcement official in Passaic County,” said Nestor Montilla, President of the DANR. “We congratulate her on her confirmation and for making history not only for Latinos around New Jersey as the first Latina County Prosecutor in New Jersey’s history, but also for Dominicans around the country as the first Dominican American county prosecutor.”
Camelia Valdes was sworn-in to her position on June 30, 2009. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney in its Newark, NJ office. Prior to her position in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Valdes served as an Assistant Counsel in the N.J. Governor’s Counsel’s Office under Governor Christine Todd Whitman and Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco. Valdes is the former President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.
Born in the Bronx, NY to Dominican parents and raised in Newark, NJ, Valdes is a product of the Newark Public Schools. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology and criminal justice from Seton Hall University in 1993. She graduated from Rutgers Law School in 1996 and received her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University in May 2001.
Passaic County has the largest population of Dominicans in New Jersey, estimated at around 75.000. The State of New Jersey has the second largest population of Dominicans in the U.S., which according to the Latino Studies Institute, it is estimated over 250,000. Five of the ten cities with the highest concentration of Dominicans in the nation are in the New Jersey: Paterson, Passaic, Union City, Jersey City and Perth Amboy.
The Harvard Club of New York City – 35 West 44th Street – New York, NY 10036
Thursday, June 18, 2009 – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
In preparation for the 7th Annual Dominicans on the Hill Legislative Day in Washington, DC, a select group of prominent leaders, supporters, friends and members of the DANR will convene at the Harvard Club of New York City to acknowledge DANR national leadership, accomplishments, prospects and the launching of DANR’s First 1 Million Dollar fund-raising campaign to fund vital programs, including internships, scholarships, voter registration, naturalization initiative, and Uno Más Uno (1+1) campaign to ensure a full Dominican count in the upcoming 2010 Census.
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About the DANR
The Dominican American National Roundtable is a non-partisan Washington, D.C.-based organization that advocates for the empowerment of Dominicans in the United States and Puerto Rico. The DANR is a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1997 and incorporated in 2000. It is the first and only national organization advocating on behalf of the growing Dominican American community in areas concerning education, health, economic development, immigration, and civic empowerment at the national level. The DANR National Conference is the only conference in the United States that brings together Dominicans from around the country under one roof for the purpose of community empowerment. The DANR 8 th Annual National Conference will take place October 7-9, 2005 in Boston, MA.
SAVE THE DATE: December 4-6, 2009
The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) is pleased to invite you and your family to join us for our 12th Annual National Conference to be held in Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World®, Florida.
Theme: State of Dominicans in the US: Renewed Vision. Renewed Commitment
This national gathering is considered to be among the most important events of the year on the Dominican American and Latino calendars. During the Conference, sponsors will be able to take full advantage of the numerous opportunities to market, recruit from, and network with hundreds of Dominican American and Latino professionals, educators, elected officials, community leaders, businesspeople, union leaders, and college students coming from all over the country, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
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