Asylum FOIA Victory in SF: Martins v. USCIS

"Immigration officials must hand over notes asylum officers take, a federal judge ruled , finding the documents essential to quality representation in immigration proceedings. San Francisco-based immigration attorney Jeffrey Martins sued the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and its director...

EAJA Fee Victory in FOIA Lawsuit

Michelle N. Mendez, Senior Attorney, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington, Immigration Legal Services writes: "Immigration Legal Services of Catholic Charities of Washington is pleased to announce that it received $20,000 in attorney fees, in settlement of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA...

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...

Initial Asylum-Related FOIA Victory in D.C.: Mezerhane de Schnapp v. USCIS

Sandra Grossman and Rachel Zoghlin write: "On July 18, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ordered USCIS to produce to the Court unredacted copies of all disputed documents remaining at issue in long-pending asylum-related litigation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 USC Section...