International Justice Mission

  • Director of Investigations and Law Enforcement Development - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Position Type
    Jobs | Regular Full-Time
  • The Need

    We’re International Justice Mission, and we believe that justice for the poor is possible. As the world’s largest anti-slavery organization, our mission is to protect the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.


    Motivated by God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, we believe that the way we work is as important as the results we achieve. We are a global community that cares for one another. We value joy and celebration, and we strive to provide professional excellence to all those we serve.

    International Justice Mission (IJM) is an international organization working to protect some of the most vulnerable and oppressed people from violent forces of injustice by securing rescue and restoration for victims and ensuring public justice systems work for the poor.


    IJM is seeking a dynamic and proactive individual with law enforcement expertise to advance efforts to build the capacity of Dominican law enforcement agencies and personnel to effectively investigate sex trafficking cases, rescue victims, apply victim-sensitive methods, and arrest suspects for their prosecution. Through relationships and bridge-building, the Director of Investigations and Law Enforcement Development (DILED) will advocate to key government officials to make combatting trafficking in persons a government priority. The DILED will also lead IJM and advise local law enforcement in conducting and monitoring the investigation of human trafficking for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation of minors in the Dominican Republic.


    This position is based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and reports to the Field Office Director, Dominican Republic.


    Leadership of law enforcement transformation and capacity building
    • Influence key government officials and decision makers to make combatting trafficking in persons a governmental priority;
    • Design and lead the implementation of strategies to strengthen the capacity of the Dominican Police Department against Human Trafficking (Departamento contra la Trata de Personas, Policia Nacional) and the Specialized Unit against Trafficking in Persons, Attorney General Office (Procuraduria Especializada contra la Trata de Personas);
    • Support the implementation of law enforcement strategies aimed at reducing the prevalence of sex trafficking;
    • Advocate to government authorities for the rescue of victims and to increase perpetrator accountability and advise such authorities during enforcement actions;
    • Lead efforts to train local law enforcement on best practices regarding the investigation of human trafficking; and
    • In collaboration with local team, Dominican law enforcement, IJM’s global team and other law enforcement experts, develop replicable and scalable models and programs of law enforcement development.


    Leadership of IJM’s investigative capacity
    • Enforce IJM Global investigative protocols and propose additional locally specific protocols;
    • Recruit, train and develop an investigative team of approximately 2-3 investigators, as well as investigation interns and volunteers;
    • Manage and lead an in-house investigations unit that operating under the rule of law, gathers information from informants; directs operatives; gathers and analyzes evidence; presents such evidence to the police in a coherent and convincing manner; advocates for the police to take proper action; monitor such police action; and serves when appropriate as a witness to the crimes committed and perpetrator arrest; and
    • Develop the leadership and management potential of key agents including local law enforcement agents.


    • In consultation with the legal team, manage investigative operations, ensuring that projected activities, outputs and objectives are achieved;
    • Ensure the security of all investigative, legal and aftercare operations, reporting to the Field Office Director on security matters as they develop;
    • Develop and manage a network of informants who can provide specific, credible information;
    • Develop and manage a network of operatives who can be mobilized to gather relevant information and evidence as directed;
    • Ensure that IJM investigation team members have clearly defined job descriptions and performance objectives; agent performance is monitored; and appropriate job performance feedback is regularly provided;
    • Ensure that IJM’s investigations and team comply with all IJM, government and donor requirements;
    • Ensure efficient written reporting and maintaining relevant records in accordance with IJM’s data management system;
    • Evaluate and improve all investigative outcomes; and
    • Ensure continual communication with supervisor regarding the status of operations and challenges faced.


    • Fully understand the relevant local laws and procedures regarding investigations, arrests and charging of perpetrators;
    • Pursue proper arrest and charging of perpetrators and rescue of victims by government authorities;
    • Develop and continually improve a best-practices investigations training manual and materials; and
    • Facilitate access to stories and data in support of IJM’s local advocacy and mobilization efforts and IJM’s global storytelling strategy.


    • Develop and cultivate working relationships with key enforcement authorities;
    • Develop and maintain relationships with relevant government leaders, regional or global law enforcement agencies, NGOs and other relevant organizations;
    • While striving to achieve impact and improvement of local agencies, maintain a culturally appropriate attitude that increases buy-in and support; and
    • Host visits by IJM guests, teams, interns and volunteers.


    • Carry out other additional assignments given by the Field Director; and
    • Maintain confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information.


    • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish Language;
    • Minimum of eight years’ experience in criminal investigation with a public law enforcement agency, international human rights agency, public international agency, private investigative or security firm, or military or national security agency;
    • Experience with trafficking in persons investigations or related crimes;
    • Proven ability to work undercover or supervise undercover operations;
    • Experience establishing, developing and training operative networks;
    • Minimum of three years successful management/team building experience;
    • Demonstrated interest in human rights and social justice; and
    • Prior Peace Corps, relief, legal, enforcement or other overseas work experience preferred.


    Preferred Skills and Experience
    • Bachelor’s degree; and
    • Experience in cases of commercial sexual exploitation of children and trafficking in persons.


    Critical Qualities
    • Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
    • Attention to detail and disciplined with priorities;
    • Strong service ethic and a passion for IJM’s goals;
    • Cross-cultural abilities; bridge-building attitude;
    • Patient; works well under stress;
    • Personable; sustained positive attitude;
    • Diplomatic and flexible;
    • Professional in demeanor and written and oral communication;
    • Able to achieve goals in a cross-cultural and cross-religious setting; and
    • Effective team player and leader.


    Relocation/Travel Requirements
    • This position requires full-time residence in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and
    • This position requires regular travel to other provinces in the Dominican Republic and sporadic travel within the region and to the United States.



    Send Resume, Cover Letter & Statement of Faith* in one document.


    *What is a statement of faith?
    A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith and how it is relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can either be incorporated into your cover letter or submitted as a separate document. It should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of worship.


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