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Thank you for your interest in joining the Human Trafficking Legal Center.

We are currently looking to fill the following positions (please click the position title for further details):

Senior Staff Attorney

The Human Trafficking Legal Center seeks an experienced litigation attorney with a demonstrated passion for social justice to serve as Senior Staff Attorney. The Senior Staff Attorney will lead the organization’s international strategic litigation work to combat human trafficking and forced labor. The portfolio includes both federal district court and appellate litigation.

The Human Trafficking Legal Center serves as a pro bono clearinghouse to connect trafficking survivors with highly-skilled legal representation to hold traffickers accountable. We conduct cutting-edge research to identify gaps in services and system failures. We seek justice for workers held in forced labor around the globe. We seek to transform systems to prevent forced labor in global supply chains. 

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute an advocacy and litigation agenda for the eradication of forced labor in supply chains.
  • Manage case development and litigation, including discovery, brief writing, motions practice, and appeals.
  • Identify and coordinate potential amicus brief opportunities in federal civil and criminal trafficking cases.
  • Draft amicus briefs in key forced labor and human trafficking cases.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community partners at the domestic and international levels.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to pro bono attorneys and legal services providers on criminal, civil, and immigration remedies for trafficking survivors.
  • Manage the organization’s International Strategic Litigation Listserv and Civil Litigation Listserv.
  • Organize and execute webinars, convenings, and conferences on legal strategies to combat human trafficking and forced labor.
  • Publish articles, op eds, and reports on developments in the strategic litigation field.

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school with a strong academic record.
  • Admitted to a U.S. State bar and in good standing.
  • 5+ years of litigation experience, including clerkships.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent legal research skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with partner organizations, NGOs, pro bono law firms, agency officials and staff, legislators, attorneys, and advocates.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with partner organizations, and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work well under pressure while managing multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate across teams and cultures.
  • Experience working with or representing vulnerable populations.
  • A sense of humor.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.

Preferred by not required qualifications:

  • Federal judicial clerkship preferred.
  • Experience in human trafficking work preferred, but not required.
  • Fluency in a second language.

Annual Salary and Benefits

Salary is $75,000-$80,000, commensurate with experience. The Human Trafficking Legal Center provides a generous benefits package. Benefits include three weeks of annual vacation (with an additional week of paid leave between Christmas and New Year’s Day), as well as employer-paid health insurance, dental insurance, and vision insurance. Employees also participate in a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with an annual 2% employer contribution.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (2-5 pages), and a list of three references, all in PDF format, to [email protected] by January 28, 2022. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected. The anticipated start date is approximately February 15, 2022.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The Human Trafficking Legal Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, immigration status, or veteran’s status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations. The organization encourages candidates with lived experience to apply.

COVID 19 Vaccine Requirement

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID 19.

Time Commitment

This position is full-time and is classified as exempt.

Location

This position is temporarily remote due to the pandemic. Any candidate selected should be prepared to report to our office in Washington, D.C. 

Staff Attorney

The Human Trafficking Legal Center seeks an attorney with experience in the anti-trafficking field and a demonstrated passion for social justice to serve as Staff Attorney. The Staff Attorney will conduct hard-hitting, data-driven research; provide immigration services to trafficking survivors; provide technical assistance to pro bono attorneys; lead the organization’s case data analysis; manage the organization’s case databases; and support the organization’s strategic litigation work.

The Human Trafficking Legal Center serves as a pro bono clearinghouse to connect trafficking survivors with highly-skilled legal representation to hold traffickers accountable. We conduct cutting-edge research to identify gaps in services and system failures. We seek justice for workers held in forced labor around the globe. We seek to transform systems to prevent forced labor in global supply chains. 

Responsibilities

  • Draft motions, appellate briefs, and amicus briefs.
  • Support strategic litigation portfolio with case identification, case development, and motions practice.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to legal and social service providers on criminal, civil, and immigration remedies for trafficking survivors.
  • Provide immigration services (T-visa representation) to trafficking survivors.
  • Provide victim-witness representation in federal criminal cases.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community partners within the United States.
  • Provide trafficking case referrals to pro bono attorneys and non-profit legal services partners.
  • Lead the organization’s cases data analysis:
    • Analyze human trafficking cases to identify trends and gaps.
    • Develop, research, and draft publications on human trafficking trends.
    • Research and publish reports on the state of federal criminal and civil trafficking litigation.
    • Lead the Human Trafficking Legal Center’s case database project.

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school with a strong academic record.
  • Admission to a U.S. State bar, in good standing (D.C. Bar membership preferred).
  • 3+ years of litigation experience, including clerkships.
  • Excellent brief-writing skills.
  • Excellent legal research skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with partner organizations, NGOs, pro bono law firms, agency officials and staff, legislators, attorneys, and advocates.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills.
  • Strong data-management and case management skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with partner organizations, and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work well under pressure while managing multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate across teams and cultures.
  • Experience working with or representing vulnerable populations.
  • A sense of humor.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.

Preferred by not required qualifications:

  • Federal judicial clerkship.
  • Fluency in a second language.

Annual Salary and Benefits

Salary is $60,000-$70,000, commensurate with experience. The Human Trafficking Legal Center provides a generous benefits package. Benefits include three weeks of annual vacation (with an additional week of paid leave between Christmas and New Year’s Day), as well as employer-paid health insurance, dental insurance, and vision insurance. Employees also participate in a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with an annual 2% employer contribution.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (2-5 pages), and a list of three references, all in PDF format, to [email protected] by February 10, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected. The anticipated start date is approximately March 1, 2022.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The Human Trafficking Legal Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, immigration status, or veteran’s status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations. The organization encourages candidates with lived experience to apply.

COVID 19 Vaccine Requirement

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID 19.

Time Commitment

This position is full-time and is classified as exempt.

Location

This position is temporarily remote due to the pandemic. Any candidate selected should be prepared to report to our office in Washington, D.C. 

Summer Legal Fellow

We are seeking a full-time legal fellow in our Washington, D.C. office to support our work empowering trafficking survivors to secure justice. Internships at HT Legal are unpaid, but internship credit may be available through students’ law schools. This internship is for the coming Summer term.

HT Legal also sponsors recent law graduates receiving fellowships and grants. Please email [email protected] for more information on organizational sponsorship.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct trafficking case analysis using HT Legal’s data resources
  • Research and draft fact sheets on human trafficking trends
  • Research international human trafficking strategic litigation
  • Provide support to supervising attorney as needed

Qualifications

  • Strong interest and commitment to human rights and public interest law
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to handle several tasks at once while working independently or as a member of a team
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States

Education

Applicants must be law students who are currently enrolled for the duration of the internship term.

Internship Period

The internship position will begin in May and end in August, although dates are flexible.

Time Commitment

Candidates must be available for 35 hours/week minimum.

To Apply

Please send your cover letter, resume, short writing sample (2-5 pages), and a list of 3 references, all in PDF format, to [email protected] with “Summer Law Fellow Application” in the subject headline.

Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.