DOS Releases Asylum Country Profiles to Settle FOIA Lawsuit

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF WASHINGTON DC IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE RELEASES 15 “ASYLUM COUNTRY PROFILES” TO SETTLE A FOIA LAWSUIT

On June 16, 2014 David L. Cleveland wrote: "The Department of State recently released 15 “Asylum Country Profiles” to settle a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) lawsuit filed by an immigration lawyer in Washington DC.

Cleveland v. DOS, Civil Action No. 14-0032, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, demanding all “asylum country profiles” written by the Department of State, from January 2000 to the present.

A “profile” is different from a “Country Report on Human Rights Practices.”

Every year, the State Department writes, and publishes “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” for almost every country in the world. “Country Reports” are announced with great fanfare, and are easily available on the internet.

“Asylum Country Profiles,” on the other hand, are written sporadically, and are not published. In April 2014, the State Department released 15 profiles to plaintiff, stating that these were all of the profiles, written from January 2000 to the present. Apparently, no profiles have been written after 2008.

Profiles offer suggestions to adjudicators on how to detect fraud. For example, the Cameroon Asylum Country Profile 2008 states at page 5:

“Adjudicators might use the following questions to help sort bona fide SCNC members from impostors:
-How many members does SCNC have? (approx. 200)
-where do most of them live? (the United States)…”

It states at page 9: “Newspapers are often unreliable sources of information as some publications accept paid placements of articles.”

The Togo Asylum Country Profile 2008 states at page 9 that Embassy Lome “established” fraud in 90% of medical attestations and 80% of police documents.

The following profiles were released:

Togo- August 2008 - 11 pages
Cameroon- 2008- 16 pages
Ukraine- February 2008 - 26 pages
Guinea- 2008 - 13 pages
Ethiopia – August 2007 – 22 pages

China- May 2007 – 61 pages
Burma- April 2007 – 17 pages
Albania- March 2006- 16 pages
Bangladesh- August 2005 - 6 pages
Syria- June 2005- 10 pages

Pakistan - 2005 - 3 pages
Jordan- May 2005- 10 pages
Kosovo – April 2005 – 10 pages
Egypt – April 2004 - 9 pages
El Salvador – April 2003 - 20 pages

If you would like more information, contact David L. Cleveland at <1949.david@gmail.com>"