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Death Penalty Investigator

SCHR’s Capital Litigation Unit provides direct representation to people facing the death penalty in Alabama and Georgia. This work includes advocating for people who were wrongfully convicted, people whose trials were undermined by race discrimination, people who have suffered extensive trauma and abuse, and people who received inadequate legal representation at trial.

The job of the Death Penalty Investigator is to work with clients, attorneys, and other team members to discover relevant evidence and support the representation of clients.

Responsibilities of a Death Penalty Investigator include:

  • Building relationships with SCHR clients facing the death penalty and their families;
  • Investigating the facts and circumstances of the offenses for which clients are charged;
  • Uncovering, understanding, and documenting the social history of clients, including instances of mental illness, intellectual disability, poverty, substance abuse, and childhood abuse and neglect;
  • Requesting and obtaining records and other documentary evidence;
  • Interviewing witnesses;
  • Organizing information for use by attorneys, mental health professionals, and other experts;
  • Coordinating the appearances of witnesses at hearings and trials;
  • Assisting attorneys at all stages of litigation; and
  • Any other work necessary for SCHR to provide effective representation to its clients.
Position: Death Penalty Investigator
Organization: Southern Center for Human Rights
Location: Atlanta,  GA 
United States
Salary: $48,000 – $65,000 with 100% premium paid benefits package
Posting Start Date: 10/20/2022
Date Posted: 10/20/2022

SCHR seeks applicants who are highly motivated, well organized, and committed to SCHR’s work. Strong writing and communication skills are important. The candidate should be both a strong team player and able to take initiative and work independently. The ideal candidate is someone who has prior employment or volunteer experience working with underserved communities. A willingness to venture into new situations and tenacity are also essential characteristics.

Applicants must be:

  • willing to travel weekly by car in Georgia, Alabama, and elsewhere, and spend substantial time interviewing people in their homes and in correctional facilities;
  • willing to work outside of 9-to-5 hours;
  • willing to spend multiple days away from their home to handle case-related needs;
  • trustworthy with confidential information;
  • open to constructive feedback on their work from colleagues;
  • communicative with their teams, clients, and witnesses;
  • dedicated to building strong relationships with their clients as people;
  • committed to serving financially disadvantaged communities and/or other communities targeted by the criminal legal system; and
  • dedicated to uprooting anti-Black racism and working to advance SCHR’s commitment to

A driver’s license is required. Fluency in Spanish, or a background in organizing, journalism, or mental health will be helpful, but is not required. People with direct personal or familial experience with the criminal legal system are encouraged to apply.

See the full job posting here: https://www.schr.org/careers/death-penalty-investigator/

Status: This listing expires on: 1/18/2023
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Southern Center for Human Rights
60 Walton Street NW

Atlanta,  GA 30303
United States
(404) 688-1202
Atteeyah Hollie