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) lawsuit filed against the Department of Homeland Security. Catholic Charities filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking the notes an asylum officer took, during the interview of the applicant. The Department of Homeland Security resisted disclosure for a few months, but then released the notes. Next, they paid attorney fees!
There is no filing fee for a FOIA request. The request can be one page long; no G-28 is needed; no special form is required.
For more details about this case, or how to file a FOIA request, call CC ILS Attorney [and Bender's Immigration Bulletin Editorial Board Member] David L. Cleveland at (202) 772-4345."