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Camelia M. Valdes, Passaic County Prosecutor
Camelia M. Valdes
Passaic County Prosecutor


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Employment Opportunity Updates-9/5/13

The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office of Victim Witness Advocacy will host the 17th annual Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Crime to commemorate National Crime Victims' Rights Week and to acknowledge those whose lives have been affected by crime.

NJ BLUE NOW - Seeking Justice - by Capt. Donna Roman Hernandez

History was made in the State of New Jersey on May 16, 2009 when Governor Jon S. Corzine nominated Camelia M. Valdes as the Passaic County Prosecutor. When Ms. Valdes was confirmed by the Legislature...


Press Release 2/27/2014

Passaic County Court Employee Arrested

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces that on February 27, 2014, the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office arrested Passaic County State Court Services Supervisor Hayley Traverso, a twenty six year employee, charging her with (3) counts of Terroristic Threats (3rd Degree crime), (1) count of Stalking (4th Degree crime), (2) counts of Harassment (Disorderly Persons) and (1) count of False Reports (Disorderly Persons).


Press Release 2/26/2014

Husband and Wife Arrested in Passaic for Human Trafficking and Promoting Prostitution

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces the arrest of Franklin Sanchez-Gavino, 25, and Arline Souza Silva, 18, who live in the City of Passaic, for employing a 16 year old to work in a massage parlor located at 924 Main Street, Passaic.


Welcome to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office

Early in New Jersey's history the state deviated from the British tradition of private prosecutors. It has been reported that as early as 1686 there are records of a colonial Attorney General appearing on behalf of the King in “West New Jersey”. In 1812 the New Jersey Attorney General was authorized by statute "to appoint deputies to prosecute the pleas of the state in such counties as he may not be able to attend in person".

The duties of a county prosecutor have developed through court decisions and legislation. As our courts have pointed out, a county prosecutor has an obligation to detect and arrest, as well as to obtain indictments and prosecute them. He is under a statutory duty to investigate suspicious situations and determine the facts in the process of detecting and arresting, especially when he receives information that makes it reasonably probable that the law has been violated.

Our Mission

The mission of the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office is to insure that the citizens of Passaic County have a professional investigative response to crime and quality legal representation designed to promote the security of our residents while respecting the rights of individual victims of crime. Our commitment is to maintain the highest law enforcement standards and utilize our available resources to:

Fulfill our statutory requirements.

Investigate and prosecute criminals, holding offenders accountable for their crimes.

Maintain and improve quality of case presentation in Passaic County’s Criminal Courts.

Foster partnerships with the full range of diverse groups within Passaic County.

Strive to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of office operations.

Cooperate with other agencies and institutions within the justice system to improve the efficiency of case management.

Maintain and improve the administration of justice


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Latest Press Releases:

February 27, 2014-
Passaic County Court Employee Arrested

February 26, 2014-
Husband and Wife Arrested in Passaic for Human Trafficking and Promoting Prostitution

February 25, 2014-
Passaic County Sheriff Officer Indicted

December 17, 2013-
Father Arrested for Kidnapping his 1 Year Old Son in Violation of a Domestic ViolenceRestraining Order

September 5, 2013-
Three Men Arrested for Fraudulent Cell Phone Claims

August 29, 2013-
Route 23 Fatal Motorcycle Accident

July 17, 2013-
Chiropractor Arrested for Illegal Running Scheme

July 2, 2013-
Three Arrests Made in Murder of Wayne Teen in Paterson

June 28, 2013-
Arrest Made in Murder of Wayne Teen in Paterson

June 12, 2013-
Man Charged with Killing 21-Month-Old Child Pleads Guilty

June 5, 2013-
Woodland Park Kay Spa Owner Arrested

June 4, 2013-
Essex County Sheriff's Officer Indicted for Sexual Assault

May 10, 2013-
Paterson Woman Arrested for Passport Fraud