The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police service, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Division also has jurisdiction to enforce constitutional prohibitions on certain conduct by law enforcement agencies and public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities.
The Criminal Section (CRM or Section) is seeking experienced attorneys to enforce federal criminal civil rights statutes in its specialized Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit (HTPU). The Section's specialized HTPU investigates and prosecutes federal human trafficking crimes in partnership
with United States Attorney's Offices (USAOs), and provides anti-trafficking expertise to prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, task forces, and other anti-trafficking partners by leading interagency enforcement initiatives, delivering anti-trafficking training programs, and providing strategic guidance to enhance nationwide human trafficking case identification, victim protection, investigation, and prosecution efforts.
The core duties of a Trial Attorney in the Section's HTPU consist of investigating and prosecuting alleged violations of federal criminal human trafficking and involuntary servitude statutes, including: conducting grand jury investigations and trials in federal district courts around the country, in partnership with USAOs. The specialized HTPU focuses on investigating and prosecuting novel, complex, multi-jurisdictional, and human trafficking cases, including both sex trafficking and labor trafficking. The HTPU also leads interagency anti-trafficking enforcement initiatives, and provides anti-trafficking subject matter expertise, guidance, and training to enforcement partners. The incumbent's investigative and prosecutorial responsibilities include, among other things: reviewing and evaluating evidence and relevant case law; interviewing witnesses; coordinating law enforcement efforts; developing investigative strategies; guiding criminal investigations, including complex,
proactive investigations; drafting written prosecutorial analyses including grand jury initiation memoranda, indictment authorization memoranda, and other prosecutorial memoranda; drafting indictments, pleadings, and other court filings; negotiating plea agreements; and representing the United States in grand jury proceedings, criminal trials, and other public appearances. Trafficking cases are often complex, potentially involving dozens of victim-witnesses, multiple subjects and defendants, wide-ranging criminal conduct, and lengthy investigations and prosecutions spanning multiple Districts over a period of months or years. Accordingly, in addition to extensively investigating and prosecuting cases in multiple Districts, HTPU Trial Attorneys also disseminate anti-trafficking expertise to additional Districts through interagency enforcement initiatives, trainings, guidance, and strategic engagements with enforcement partners.
Applicants must possess a J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and at least three years of post-professional law degree experience. Applicants also must have strong, demonstrated qualifications in the following areas: academic achievement; substantial substantive knowledge and expertise in the laws, rules and regulations applicable to the work of the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, including the criminal statutes prohibiting involuntary servitude, slavery, and human trafficking codified at Title 18, United States Code, Chapter 77, Sections 1581 through 1597; strong written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze complex issues; skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; organizational skills; professional judgment; initiative; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, demanding environment. In addition, applicants must have outstanding professional references.
Possessing the minimum post law degree legal experience does not guarantee the applicant will be selected at that grade level.
- GS-14 - minimum 3 years post-JD legal experience
- GS-15 - minimum 4 years post-JD legal experience
Given the nature, volume, and complexity of this work, the Criminal Section's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit seeks candidates with significant criminal litigation experience, including federal criminal litigation and/or state criminal litigation involving human trafficking or related crimes. The following qualifications are preferred, but not required: (1) experience investigating and prosecuting human trafficking crimes under federal and/or state law; (2) first-chair criminal prosecution or defense experience; (3) federal criminal litigation experience, including federal jury trial experience; (4) experience leading complex investigations, especially in utilizing investigative grand juries; (5) extensive substantive knowledge of federal human trafficking statutes, federal criminal procedure, and constitutional law; (6) judicial clerkship experience; (7) experience working with crime victims or other vulnerable individuals; and (8) experience coordinating with law enforcement agencies and task force partners. Other preferred qualifications include judicial clerkships (especially in federal court), law review, moot court, clinical experience, experience with trafficking-related civil, administrative, or immigration proceedings, and skill and experience working cooperatively and productively with a range of people such as witnesses, disadvantaged or disenfranchised groups, opposing counsel, judicial or administrative officials, advocacy groups, law enforcement personnel, task forces, and other federal or state governmental agencies.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Monday, October 21, 2019.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
1. Cover Letter
3. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
4. Writing sample of no more than ten pages (a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work product)
5. Veterans' Preference Documentation, if applicable
6. Sch A documentation, if applicable
To apply for this position, see page at http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547297000