Job Overview


The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks an experienced Assistant United States Attorney, Department of Justice Trial Attorney or State Prosecutor to serve as an Intermittent Legal Advisor (ILA) for Mexico.

This assignment is for 9 months with the possibility of extension, contingent on additional funding. This position is a reimbursable detail or time limited appointment. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will require an agreement between the chosen applicant’s home office and OPDAT.

The mission of OPDAT is to develop and administer technical and developmental assistance designed to enhance the capabilities of foreign justice sector institutions and their law enforcement personnel. This assistance is administrated in order to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively combat terrorism, organized crime, corruption, financial crimes and other types of crime consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to the United States and countries in their region to combat such crime.

The ILA’s duty station will be either Washington, D.C., or the appointee's home of record in the United States, depending on the needs of the organization. There will be extensive TDY travel, particularly to Mexico.


The Intermittent Legal Advisor will represent the U.S. Department of Justice through OPDAT and field staff based in Mexico City, implementing foreign criminal justice sector development and technical assistance programs as part of the Merida Initiative. The selected attorney will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including prosecutors, judges, parliamentarians and others, to develop, implement, and strengthen the Trafficking in Persons program. The ILA will also work closely with OPDAT headquarters staff and officials of the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), operational law enforcement agencies, and in-country U.S. and foreign authorities to ensure the assistance program meets the needs of Mexico while supporting Departmental and U.S. policy objectives.

The ILA will be responsible for implementation of programs that focus on criminal justice sector institutional development in Mexico, including trafficking in persons, prosecutorial capacity building, investigation and prosecution of complex transnational cases, trial advocacy skills development, evidence collection and preservation, internal integrity systems, pretrial alternatives; and judicial capacity building. The ILA may also be called upon to provide advice to the administration of justice and rule of law programs.