General Attorney

US Government, Department of Homeland Security

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) is seeking an energetic, dedicated, hard- working, and qualified attorney to serve as an Associate Legal Advisor with the Human Rights Violator Law Division (HRVLD) located in Washington, DC. NOTE: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. Salary: General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages. BUS: This is a non-bargaining position.


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Job Grade: 12
Total Openings: Few


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 both bring accountability to human rights violators, including persecutors, torturers, war criminals, those who recruit child soldiers, human traffickers, and human smugglers, and ensure victims receive the protections and assistance available to them under the law. The position is within HRVLD, a team of attorneys and historians, which provides legal advice and counsel to ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers and HSI agents as well as senior management. HRVLD’s work contributes to significant operational and 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. As an ICE OPLA HRVLD attorney assigned to provide counsel to the HSI Victim Assistance Program, the selectee will be required, at a minimum, to: Assist the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Victim Assistance Program in expanding the legal and programmatic infrastructure required to accomplish its goals and meet the mandates of the law, which may include legislative, regulatory, and policy development efforts; Advise on a day-to-day basis HSI Special Agents and victim assistance personnel engaged in federal victim assistance and forensic interviews in the midst of criminal investigations of human trafficking, child sexual exploitation, human rights violations, identity and benefit fraud, and financial crimes; Provide support and training to OPLA attorneys advising in criminal investigations; Liaise with the victim assistance programs and attorneys at the Executive Office for United States Attorneys and Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as nongovernmental organizations and other law enforcement partners; Develop, deliver, and/or standardize training on federal victim assistance and crime victims’ rights throughout HSI and OPLA; Prepare and deliver briefings to assist Department of Homeland Security, ICE, HSI, and OPLA leadership; and Provide well-reasoned legal advice and counsel regarding victim assistance, including immigration and criminal law issues as well as T and U visas.


Qualifications by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 P.M.
Eastern Standard Time on 06/03/2022. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification. The selected attorney will immediately be given significant responsibilities. The selected attorney will be expected to assist in crafting and adapting 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 DHS 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. 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. Bar Membership: You must be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Current or Former Political Appointees: 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, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. Vaccination: To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043 does not currently apply as of the date of this job opportunity announcement. ICE will request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. A student loan repayment incentive may be available, in which case a service agreement will be required.

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