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    Organizational Location: This attorney position is located in the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Enforcement and Litigation, Human Rights Violator Law Division, Washington, D.C.

    Salary: General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages.

    BUS: This is a non-bargaining position.

    NOTE: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

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    The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) Human Rights Violator Law Division (HRVLD) attorneys play an integral part in ICE's efforts to bring accountability to human rights violators, including persecutors, torturers, war criminals, those who recruit child soldiers, human traffickers, and human smugglers.
    ICE OPLA is seeking an attorney(s) for its headquarters office in Washington, D.C. The primary duties will include:

    • Provide national oversight of, and litigation support to, OPLA field locations in their litigation of human rights violator, human smuggling, and human trafficking issues before the Executive Office for Immigration Review;
    • Support criminal investigations and prosecutions involving human rights abusers, human smugglers, and human traffickers;
    • Advise the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit (HRVWCU); the Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT); the HSI Victim Assistance Program (VAP), and others;
    • Liaise with international tribunals, foreign government counterparts, nongovernmental organizations, and colleagues within the U.S. Government, including at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Justice's Criminal, Civil, and Civil Rights Divisions and the Federal Bureau of Investigations' International Human Rights Unit;
    • Draft and review briefing papers and Congressional testimony for DHS, ICE, and OPLA leadership;
    • Analyze and draft legislative proposals that affect enforcement against human rights violators, human smugglers, and human traffickers; and
    • Provide well-reasoned advice regarding policy questions that arise for the agency in the human rights context;
    • Provide legal advice and counsel regarding regulations, executive orders, legislative proposals, and interpretation of the immigration laws that are relevant to HRVLD's programs and clients.

    The position is within HRVLD, a team of attorneys and historians, which provides legal advice to ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and HSI officers, agents, and senior management. HRVLD's work contributes to significant policy decisions that are integral to ICE's overall mission. Assignments within HRVLD are typically fast-paced and involve high-profile work. HRVLD attorneys are responsible for advising, counseling, and training ICE officers and agents on relevant legal authorities, best practices, and agency policies.

    The selected attorney will immediately be given significant responsibilities. He or she will be expected to craft and adapt legally supportable policies to address the pressing needs of the agency and its operational components. The attorney will be expected to routinely provide timely legal opinions to ICE officers and agents, HRVLD management, and leadership within OPLA, ICE, and the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the General Counsel Headquarters. The selected attorney will be required to assess litigation risk and provide litigation support to the Department of Justice. Experience in the Middle East and/or Asia, and related language skills, would be particularly valuable though not required.

    Applicants must possess the following characteristics and competencies: integrity, sound professional judgment, organizational skills, decisiveness, initiative, the ability to function independently and cooperatively, and superior written and oral advocacy skills.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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