The Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) investigates and prosecutes international crime cases involving human rights violators, human smuggling organizations, and extraterritorial violent crime over which the U.S. has jurisdiction. This is the HRSP attorneys work with virtually all federal law enforcement agencies, and cases are brought in partnership with U.S. Attorneys' Offices around the country or by the Section alone.
HRSP primarily investigates and prosecutes cases against human rights violators, human smugglers and other international criminals. Within its Human Rights portfolio, HRSP investigates and prosecutes human rights violators for genocide, torture, war crimes, and recruitment or use of child soldiers, and for immigration and naturalization fraud arising out of efforts to hide their involvement in such crimes. Within the International Violent Crime portfolio, HRSP prosecutes crimes of violence committed abroad, particularly involving victims or perpetrators who are U.S. government employees, contractors and dependents (usually using MEJA or SMTJ jurisdiction). Within its Smuggling/Immigration Crimes portfolio, HRSP prosecutes members of international human smuggling networks who present national security concerns and/or who endanger the lives of migrants, and multi-jurisdictional immigration fraud-related offenses.
The Section’s prosecutions are usually pursued jointly with a United States Attorney’s Office and involve complex international investigations. HRSP also is actively engaged in policy and legislative work regarding its diverse portfolios that involves close coordination with other U.S. government agencies and international organizations.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking a qualified, experienced attorney to serve as an Attorney Advisor (Policy and International Attorney), in the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP).
As an Attorney Advisor (Policy and International Law Attorney), the incumbent will perform the following functions:
- Monitor, review, and comment on draft legislation, potential testimony, federal regulations, policy proposals, and other requests.
- Participate in development of policy initiatives.
- Advise Section attorneys regarding international law principles and norms relating to the prosecution of human rights violations, international violent crime, and criminal immigration offenses.
- Perform legal research in support of HRSP portfolios.
- Develop and maintain positive and effective relationships within the Office.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Grade Specific Qualifications:
- To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have at least two and a half (2.5) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; formulating recommendations to senior managers; and composing pleadings, briefs or other court documents.
- To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least four (4) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; formulating recommendations to senior managers; composing pleadings, briefs or other court documents; conducting civil or criminal litigation; reviewing, analyzing and developing policies and legislation; and leading paralegals and support staff.
Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies and experiences:
- Demonstrated expertise in international law principles;
- Familiarity with U.S. statutes pertaining to human rights law, particularly the law of genocide, child soldier use and recruitment, torture, war crimes, and female genital mutilation;
- Knowledge of U.S. criminal law, U.S. military law, international law, international organizations such as the United Nations, and international tribunals' processes and procedures;
- Knowledge of immigration law and fraud enforcement;
- Experience in policy development within the inter-agency process;
- Experience with the development of law, policy, and legislative proposals;
- Experience in drafting, analyzing, and reviewing legal policy, legislation relating to law enforcement, and executive orders;
- Superior oral advocacy and writing abilities;
- Superior analytical skills and judgment;
- Prior trial experience;
- Demonstrated ability to work well with others, both as a leader and as a team member;
- Foreign language skills;
- Ability to represent the Section in Department, interagency, and other committees, groups, and task forces; and
- Experience working with foreign governments, international organizations, and persons from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.
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Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.