Job Title: Trafficking in Persons Investigation and Prosecution Expert

Job Stage: Current

Applications: Will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled

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About the position:

The Warnath Group, LLC is currently accepting applications from qualified candidates for the position of Trafficking in Persons Investigation and Prosecution Expert for the Innovations in Addressing Child Trafficking (IACT) Program, funded by the US Department of State. The person in this position will provide training and technical assistance on the criminal justice response to human trafficking, including identifying, investigating, and prosecuting cases. Applicants with full-time or part-time availability will be considered for this position, which is anticipated to be funded for one year. This is a hybrid position, with the flexibility to work from a central office in San Jose and work from home in Costa Rica (San Jose, Guanacaste, or Puntarenas location preferred) with regular and significant travel within Costa Rica required (mainly across San Jose/GAM, Puntarenas and Guanacaste).

The Expert will work closely with the Warnath Group Criminal Justice Technical Assistance Manager and the Executive Officer-Director of Justice Policy, among others. The expert will be part of the Criminal Justice Sector (CJS) IACT team in Costa Rica.


  • Serve as Trafficking in Persons Investigation and Prosecution Expert, providing substantial expertise on the criminal justice response to human trafficking in Costa Rica, including involving children, focusing on identification, investigation, interviewing, and prosecution. Technical assistance will be provided through various methods (in writing, virtual and/or in-person meetings, dialogues, review of materials, reports, and tools, among others).
  • Assist, individually and or with the support of the Warnath Group team, with creating curriculum, concept notes, agendas, content, presentations, quizzes, evaluations, and any other technical assistance materials related to human trafficking, including involving children, focusing on the legal process, investigation techniques/procedures, and prosecution of the crime; as well as other related CJS matters.
  • Identify, assess, and respond to technical assistance needs within projects.
  • Conduct diagnostic assessments, as assigned, of a government or criminal justice agency’s response to human trafficking.
  • Produce legal/policy analysis on issues addressed.
  • Lead, alongside other experts, interactive training and technical assistance sessions for various audiences, including criminal justice actors and other professionals, adjusting and adapting course materials as necessary to meet the needs of the participants.
  • Coordinating material, operational, and logistical aspects to organize and implement diverse training and/or technical assistance activities.
  • Liaise and coordinate with relevant government agencies and personnel.
  • Collaborate with a team of short-term contract subject matter experts from our roster to create in-person and virtual interactive training materials and curriculum for courses from introductory level to advanced specialized sessions.
  • Work collaboratively with the Warnath Group Team on all substantive matters.
  • Complete other assignments, as agreed upon, to further advance the work of the IACT Program.



  • Experience in prosecuting and/or investigating human trafficking cases in Costa Rica, preferably child sex trafficking. Candidates with an investigator, prosecutor, and/or judge current or previous role are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Experience implementing a victim-centered and trauma-informed response.
  • Superior written and oral presentation skills in Spanish; equal or similar skills in both Spanish and English preferred.
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of the criminal justice sector in Costa Rica, particularly the legal process and investigative techniques and procedures, mainly focusing on trafficking in persons in general and child sex trafficking in particular.
  • Advanced understanding of national and international trafficking in persons legislation and fluent in its terminology and procedures.
  • Understanding of the application of child protection principles in the criminal justice context.
  • Exceptional legal research, interpretation, and analysis skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with others.
  • Detail-oriented, excellent organizational skills.
  • Highest standards of integrity and professionalism.
  • A positive attitude and ability to work well in collaborative situations.
  • Mastery of, or ability to quickly master, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Zoom, and other interactive remote communication software.
  • Current ability to legally work in Costa Rica.

Strongly Preferred:

  • Juris Doctor (or equivalent) or Master’s Degree in law, criminal justice, or relevant discipline or experience in a dedicated anti-trafficking office.
  • Presentation or teaching experience.
  • Curriculum development experience.
  • Expertise in analysis and application of international law on human trafficking, child protection, and other relevant laws.
  • Previous work in an international context.
  • Previous work providing training sessions.


Compensation for this position will be based on experience and education.

About the Organization:

The Warnath Group is a leading global provider of tailored, skill-based professional training and technical assistance to address human trafficking. More information about the work of the Warnath Group providing professional skill development to anti-trafficking actors worldwide is available at and @WarnathGroup.

The Warnath Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity in cultures, perspectives, and experiences on our team.

The Warnath Group appreciates the interest of all applicants.

To Apply:

Please submit a one-page cover letter, resume in English and Spanish, and writing samples in Spanish and English to (writing samples may be formal or informal documents; short samples are acceptable- the English writing sample can be a translation of the Spanish version.) Please indicate “Application – Trafficking in Persons Investigation and Prosecution Expert” in the subject line of your email.

We cannot respond to calls or emails about the position.

Only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

See our additional opportunities including how to apply to join the roster of subject matter experts eligible for short-term consultancies here.

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