Offices, Boards and Divisions Trial Attorney (Human Trafficking) in Washington, District Of Columbia

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The Money Laundering and Assest Recovery Section (MLARS) leads the Department's asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering enforcement efforts. MLARS provides leadership by: (1) prosecuting and coordinating complex, sensitive, multi-district, and international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and cases; (2) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments; (3) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing and reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives; and (4) managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds and properties to appropriate domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies, as well as adjudicating petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets.

This position is assigned to the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Unit, which litigates civil and criminal forfeiture cases for the Division and, in appropriate cases, in partnership with United States Attorneys' Offices (USAO). The Unit also prosecutes professional money launderers with an emphasis on gatekeepers to the financial system such as attorneys and accountants. It also provides support to the Division in cases involving significant or complex criminal forfeiture allegations. The Unit also serves as the Division's experts on domestic forfeiture and, in this role, provides advice to other Division attorneys, the United States Attorneys' Offices, and law enforcement agencies.

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The incumbent independently directs, conducts, and monitors investigations, prepares and conducts trials and related post-trial litigation, and advises on pleadings and other court filings. The cases handled by the Trial Attorney in this position focus on money laundering prosecutions and forfeiture matters related to human trafficking, human smuggling and other crimes where there are individual victims. As a Trial Attorney, the incumbent:

  • Investigates and pursues professional money launderers for criminal prosecution under the money laundering statutes and forfeiture.
  • Investigates and litigates civil and criminal forfeiture actions.
  • Leads and undertakes complex investigations and prosecutions in the federal courts throughout the United States; makes charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases; handles issues lacking precedent, and other challenges in compliance with Department, Division, and Section policies and practices.
  • Provides forfeiture support to other Sections of the Criminal Division, including but not limited to drafting and/or reviewing seizures warrants, restraining orders, criminal forfeiture allegations, indictments, and other pleadings.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Advises and instructs federal agents and prosecutors on complicated questions of law related and Departmental policy related to the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Unit's mission.
  • Advises and consults with the Unit Chief, the MLARS Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General, and others on the status of all cases and matters.
  • Oversees and helps to coordinate the preparation and litigation assignments of paralegals and clerical personnel.
  • Provides asset forfeiture and money laundering training to other federal prosecutors, federal, state and local law enforcement, and international partners.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occastional travel may be required.

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take a drug test.
  • All male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the selective service. If selected, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 1.5 years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Grade Specific Qualifications:

  • To qualify at the GS-13level, applicants must have at least one and a half (1.5) yearsof post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: performing basic legal analysis and formulating recommendations for senior managers, composing legal memoranda, reports, and position papers on legislative history, laws, regulations, and court opinions in support of civil or criminal litigation; demonstrated familiarity with money laundering and forfeiture laws.
  • To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must have at least* two and a half (2.5) years*of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis and formulating recommendations to senior managers; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; and conducting civil or criminal litigation concerning money laundering and forfeiture matters related to human trafficking and/or other victim cases.
  • To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation concerningmoney laundering and forfeiture matters relating to human trafficking and/or other victim cases; and leading paralegals and support staff.

A J.D. Degree.

Additional information

An in-person interview in Washington, D.C. may be required for this position prior to final selection. The cost of travel to the interview site will be the responsibility of the applicant unless otherwise stated. Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on an individual basis as requested by a person with a disability. Declining an invitation to interview may remove you from further consideration.

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the Assessment Questionnaire and the Required Documents indicated below. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on 03/29/2018. A complete application package must include:

  1. Cover Letter(highlighting relevant experience).
  2. Resume- Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  3. Assessment Questionnaire(you will be prompted to complete this when you apply online).
  4. Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities(if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples include: Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation, etc.
  5. Current or Former Political Appointees(if applicable) - please note on your resume and attach an SF-50. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office.
  6. Veterans Preference Documentation(if applicable):
  7. If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at
  8. If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
  9. If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or mother or spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a completed SF-15 and all additional proof required by the SF-15, as applicable. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call 1-800-827-1000.

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(202) 514-0361



Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section c/o Human Resources 1331 F. Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC US

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/08/2018 to 03/29/2018

Salary: $96,970 to $164,200 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13 - 15

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent