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NOW HIRING: U.S. Attorneys For the Virgin Islands: Starting Pay $45,932 to $135,519

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Crime is a booming business in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With that in mind the U.S. Attorney’s Office is hiring more prosecutors for its offices in the territory, according to an advertisement in the Latin American Herald Tribune.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of the Virgin Islands (USAO) includes a main office located in St. Thomas and a branch office located in St. Croix,” the ad reads. “The District is situated in the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands which consists of three primary islands, St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, and numerous smaller cays.”

The ad said that “the United States Attorney’s Office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States government in civil cases.”

“The USAO also is responsible for the collection of debts owed to the federal government,” the advertisement said.

The federal prosecutor’s office said it “is currently seeking experienced attorneys for one or more positions as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division.”

“These positions may be located in either St. Thomas or St. Croix,” the U.S. Department of Justice wrote. “The Criminal Division of the USAO handles a wide variety of matters including public corruption, drug, immigration and human trafficking cases, violent gun crimes, firearms trafficking, tax prosecutions and financial fraud.”

Attorneys who are chosen “will be responsible for handling all types of criminal cases,” the ad states.
“Experience in public corruption, financial fraud, violent gun/gang investigations and prosecutions is highly desirable,” the ad said. “The applicant selected will work closely with federal and local law enforcement agencies and must have a demonstrated track record of working collaboratively with federal and local law enforcement.”

To be considered for the job, you must have “a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. experience.”

“Preferred applicants will possess superior oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to function in a highly demanding environment with minimal guidance,” the USDOJ said. “Additionally, it is desired that the successful candidate have strong academic credentials and at least three years of post J.D. experience.”

”Applicants will also be expected to conduct their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.


AUSA pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience and availability of funds. The current recruiting range is $45,932 through $135,519 plus locality rate and COLA rate (subject to change).


Regular travel between the main office in St. Thomas and branch office in St. Croix may be required. Other occasional travel may also be required.

Cover letter, resume and writing sample must be submitted by e-mail to

Reference vacancy # USVI-2015-003

No telephone calls please. Announcement is open until filled. However, applications received on or before February 25, 2016 will receive priority.

Internet Sites: The home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of the Virgin Islands, may be accessed at:

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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