HRSP primarily investigates and prosecutes cases that fall into two broad categories: 1) serious violations of human rights and certain other violent crimes committed outside the United States; and 2) serious violations of federal laws pertaining to immigration and acquisition of U.S. citizenship. The first category includes cases involving genocide, torture, war crimes, recruitment or use of child soldiers, and international violent crime including under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA). The second category involves violations of U.S. immigration and citizenship laws, whether by human rights violators who have sought safe haven in the United States or by transnational smuggling networks that present national security risks or involve endangerment of the migrants. The Section's prosecutions are usually pursued jointly with a United States Attorney's Office and involve complex investigations. Most of the Section's cases have an international component.
HRSP also has significant policy responsibilities for all areas within its jurisdictions. HRSP is active in various U.S. government interagency projects and deliberations pertaining to its mission and internationally in a variety of bilateral and multilateral engagements including those involving human rights crimes.
This position is a permanent appointment, but in exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to qualified persons seeking a reimbursable detail position from the Department of Justice or other government agency. For persons seeking a reimbursable detail, per diem/travel expenses will not be available; conditions of any detail will be handled on a case by case basis and will require an agreement between the gaining and losing components.
The Criminal Division U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced attorney with expertise in international humanitarian law and criminal human rights prosecutions to serve as an attorney in the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP). The position involves substantial responsibility for providing legal advice and expertise in matters affecting the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes in HRSP's portfolio including genocide, war crimes, torture, and child soldiers laws. Legal expertise in international humanitarian law and criminal law is required.
As a Trial Attorney, the incumbent:
- Works on cases being investigated and prosecuted by HRSP in federal court, usually in partnership with United States Attorneys' Offices.
- Handles complex, challenging, and potentially novel legal issues.
- Develops and maintains positive and effective relationships with our numerous law enforcement partners including federal, military and international investigative agencies.
- Advises and consults with the deputy chiefs, Section Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General, and others on the status of all cases and matters.
- Works with others in the Department of Justice and other agencies to develop policy.
Grade Specific Qualifications:
- To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants 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; composing briefs, policy, legislative proposals and other documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in international law issues to include: war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, child soldiers, and torture; and conducting litigation related to international law issues.
- To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, applicants have at least three (3) 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; composing briefs, policy, legislative proposals and other documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in international law issues to include: war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, child soldiers, and torture.
- Knowledge of U.S. criminal law, U.S. military law, and the law from international tribunals.
- Understanding and expertise regarding policy development within the inter-agency process.
- Experience with the development of law, policy, and legislative proposals.
- Experience working with foreign governments, international organizations, and persons from diverse cultures and background.
- Criminal prosecutorial experience.
- Foreign language fluency (in addition to English).
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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