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.