Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging opportunity? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!
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) prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with rights guaranteed by the Constitution or federal law. In general, a federal criminal civil rights violation is characterized by the use of intimidation and the use or threat of force. The Section enforces numerous statutes involving deprivations of rights by those acting under color of law (including 18 USC 241 and 242); statutes involving bias-motivated crimes (including 18 USC 245, 247, 248, 249, and 42 USC 3631); statutes involving human trafficking (including 18 USC 1589, 1591 and 1592); and various federal statutes relating to false statements and obstruction of justice.
Our investigations often involve incidents that are of intense public interest. Some of these incidents might ultimately be prosecuted by state or local prosecutors, whereas others are most appropriately pursued by the federal Government. Our goal is to ensure that acts constituting federal criminal civil rights violations are sufficiently remedied, whether prosecuted federally or by local authorities.
Division offices are near metro transportation systems or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other D.C. area attractions. Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities are available. Most employees who commute by public transportation are provided transit subsidy benefits.
Additional positions may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
- 50% or Greater
- Frequent travel will be required with this position
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 possess the minimum years of post-professional law degree experience commensurate to the grade level of eligibility, as shown below. Applicants also must have strong, demonstrated qualifications in the following areas: academic achievement; substantive knowledge and expertise in the laws, rules and regulations applicable to the work of the section or substantially similar laws, rules and regulations; 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.
· At least 2.5 years GS-14 ($112,021 to $145,629 per annum)
· At least 4 years GS-15 ($131,767 to $161,900 per annum)
The following qualifications are preferred, but not required: (1) first-chair criminal prosecution or defense experience; (2) criminal or civil jury trial experience; (3) federal criminal or civil litigation experience; (4) experience with complex criminal investigations, especially in utilizing investigative grand juries; (5) experience in human trafficking, and/or human rights issues; and (6) substantial knowledge of federal constitutional law. Other preferred qualifications include judicial clerkships (especially in federal court), law review, moot court, clinical experience, and skills and experience working cooperatively and productively with a range of people, such as charging parties, witnesses, respondents, disadvantaged or disenfranchised groups, opposing counsel, judicial or administrative officials, advocacy groups, law enforcement personnel, and the staff of other federal or state governmental agencies are also preferred.
Suitability and Citizenship
It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test, which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.
Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation.
Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Q - Sensitive
The attorneys selected for these positions shall investigate and prosecute sensitive and complex cases involving violations of federal criminal civil rights statutes, including those that prohibit deprivations of rights under color of law, hate crimes, and human trafficking. The selectee will also: