Iowa Senior Investigator

Hope for Justice Des Moines United States of America Investigations

Company Description

Hope for Justice exists to bring an end to modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims, restoring lives and reforming society. Around the world, we are growing a movement of abolitionists who believe freedom is worth the fight. Our team works from more than 30 locations across five continents. If you’re looking to make a difference, this is the place for the you.

Hope for Justice is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. If you feel that your skills and experience fit one of our roles then we would welcome your application regardless of your background.


Hope for Justice has an exciting opportunity for a Senior investigator role in our Midwest region, based in Iowa. We are seeking a committed and talented individual with a background in investigation and training to join the staff of our Hub.

The Senior Investigator will identify and secure the release of victims of human trafficking across the Midwest, directly and by assisting local law enforcement, building on Hope for Justice’s award-winning Hub model that is already successfully changing lives elsewhere in the USA

The Senior Investigator will also need to have the skills to complete intelligence reports for relevant law enforcement agencies to facilitate the

prosecution of perpetrators, as well as Hope for Justice’s own case files (which may include evidential or disclosure material). The role also includes day-to-day management and leadership responsibilities, which could grow as the Hub does. This challenging and vitally important role calls for someone with a minimum of five years’ experience carrying out investigations in a law enforcement or similar setting and of working with vulnerable people in trauma-informed ways.


Investigations and rescues

· Identify victims and witnesses and obtain accounts using appropriate integrity and compassion for vulnerable victims.

· Develop networks and engage with stakeholders to identify potential victims of trafficking.

· Collect all relevant documentation, information or data that is required in an investigation to form an overall picture of the circumstances of the case.

· Working as necessary with law enforcement and other actors, secure the rescue of victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

· Advocate on behalf of victims with other agencies, ensuring immediate post-rescue support is available.

· Complete intelligence reports for relevant law enforcement agencies to facilitate the prosecution of perpetrators of human trafficking and modern slavery.

· Completion of HFJ case files including, where appropriate, evidential or disclosure material.


· Develop and maintain working relationships with multi-agency partners.

· Represent Hope for Justice at meetings and give presentations when required.

Supervision and other responsibilities

· Provide day-to-day team leadership for the Iowa Investigator/Trainer

· Respond to ad hoc assignments requested from time to time by managers.

· Ensure harmonious working with all Hope for Justice departments and staff.

· Work at all times in line with HFJ policies and procedures and the wider strategy, culture and ethos of Hope for Justice.

All roles

Understand and uphold the standards outlined in the Hope for Justice Safeguarding policies, acting with due care and attention to safeguard the wellbeing of anyone that comes into contact with our work and reporting concerns if they do arise.

Other information

Benefits of working at Hope for Justice: Hope for Justice is committed to supporting our staff’s wellbeing and offers competitive salaries and a range of additional benefits to our staff. This includes:

Medical, dental and vison benefits with employer contributions

Supplemental life insurance

Hybrid and Flexible working environments

4 weeks paid vacation (prorated based on start date)

11 paid holidays

8 accrued sick days

Paid maternity and paternity leave

401(k) with employer match

Professional development opportunities

Employee Assistance Program for staff and their family.

Location: Iowa

Salary: Up to $62,000 depending on experience

Closing date: May 28, 2024

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which include criminal records checks, in line with our Global background checks policy – to view this please click here. Hope for Justice participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme, as part of the referencing process we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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