Job Overview


About the Agency

Consider joining the DOJ Criminal Division. One of seven litigating Divisions in the Department, the Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes complex criminal matters and assists the 93 United States Attorney Offices in investigations, trials, and appeals. In addition to its direct litigation responsibilities, the Division formulates and implements criminal enforcement policy and provides advice and assistance in sensitive areas of law enforcement; advises the Attorney General, Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House on matters of criminal law; provides legal advice and assistance to federal prosecutors and investigative agencies; and provides leadership for coordinating international as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement matters.

The Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) primarily investigates and prosecutes cases against human rights violators and other international criminals. The work of the office is divided into three primary portfolios.  First, within the 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.  Second, within the International Violent Crime portfolio, HRSP prosecutes international crimes of violence and other serious felonies by and against U.S. citizens, including U.S. government employees, contractors and dependents, in those instances in which U.S. jurisdiction can be obtained. Third, within the 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.  HRSP's attorneys may perform work in all of its portfolios.

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 U.S. government agencies and international organizations.

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.


Responsibilities and Opportunities Offered: The Criminal Division, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, U.S. Department of Justice seeks motivated attorneys who have a demonstrated interest in its portfolios and possess prior prosecution experience.

As a Trial Attorney, the incumbent:

  • Investigates and prosecutes cases 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.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • HRSP Attroneys regulary travel in the United States, to other countries, or both.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

United States Citizens

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