Asylum Officer Notes Released in FOIA Lawsuit Settlement

Asylum Officer Notes Released in FOIA Lawsuit Settlement

Catholic Charities of Washington reports: "Catholic Charities of Washington DC is pleased to announce that a FOIA lawsuit has resulted in the disclosure of notes taken by an asylum officer during an interview of an applicant.  The Department of Homeland Security usually resists disclosing asylum officer notes, on the grounds that the notes are protected by the "deliberative process privilege."  In the case Hemed v. DHS, 13-cv-129 (D..D.C. 2013), plaintiff filed a motion for summary judgment.  Judge Jackson ordered the DHS to provide the notes to her, for an in camera inspection.  In response, DHS gave the notes to plaintiff, to settle the case.  Thus, the Judge did not see the notes and did not make a ruling on the merits. For more information, contact Ms. Deborah Sanders at Catholic Charities: [202] 772-4345."