The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department's efforts to take the profit out of crime. This includes prosecuting and coordinating complex, multi-district and international money laundering and asset forfeiture cases and investigations. AFMLS' prosecutors are involved in a variety of cutting edge cases, including the conviction of the founders of Liberty Reserve, a company operating digital currency services that functioned as the bank of choice for the criminal underworld, and the recent forfeiture of over $1.2 billion dollars from HSBC Bank for facilitating the laundering of at least $881 million in drug proceeds through the U.S. financial system and illegally conducting transactions in violation of U.S. sanctions laws. AFMLS also is responsible for implementing the Justice Department's Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, with a team of attorneys, investigators, and financial analysts dedicated to recovering the assets of foreign corrupt officials that attempt to seek safe haven for their stolen wealth in the United States. Finally, AFMLS also provides legal assistance and training to federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement personnel, and foreign governments and manages the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds to victims of crime. For more information, please visit AFMLS' website at http://www.justice.gov/criminal/afmls/
Interns work directly with our trial attorneys on issues relating to domestic and international asset forfeiture and money laundering cases and legal policy. Assignments will vary but can include legal research, drafting pleadings and motions, research and analysis of foreign money laundering standards and compliance, and assistance with legislative drafting. Interns also may participate in AFMLS-sponsored training.
Applicants must be in their first year of law school or beyond. Applicants should have: (1) a strong academic background, (2) excellent research, writing, and communication skills, and (3) a strong interest in criminal law, particularity in the areas of asset forfeiture, money laundering, or financial investigations.
Interns must work a minimum of 8 weeks, full-time or part-time (at least 15 hours/week).
Please submit via e-mail a cover letter (including dates available), resume, transcript (official or unofficial), and a brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages). Application materials should be e-mailed to AFMLS.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "AFMLS Internship Application" in the subject line. Interviews generally will be conducted by telephone.
Deadlines: Spring semester- October 1
Fall semester- June 1