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Case Name Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security NS-DC-0109
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-00820 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) National Security
Special Collection Trump Administration FOIA cases
Attorney Organization Muslim Advocates
Case Summary
On May 3, 2017, Muslim Advocates filed this lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This suit aimed to shed light on the government border searches of electronic devices in the possession of individuals from one of the seven nations targeted by President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 ... read more >
On May 3, 2017, Muslim Advocates filed this lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This suit aimed to shed light on the government border searches of electronic devices in the possession of individuals from one of the seven nations targeted by President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) known as the Muslim Ban, as well as individuals who Customs and Border Protection agents perceived to be Muslim regardless of their origin. The plaintiff, who is a nonprofit organization, argued that such border searches "dramatically increased" after the EO was released.

On May 18, the case was assigned to Judge Amy Berman, and reassigned to Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on Dec. 4, 2017.

The case is ongoing.

Virginia Weeks - 06/03/2017
Jamie Kessler - 08/14/2017
Virginia Weeks - 12/04/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Immigration status
National origin discrimination
Religion discrimination
General
Search policies
Immigration/Border
Admission - procedure
Border police
National Origin/Ethnicity
Arab/Afgani/Middle Eastern
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Plaintiff Description nonprofit organization
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Muslim Advocates
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing IM-DC-0110 : case name not on file (court not recorded)
Docket(s)
1:17−cv−00820−TSC (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0109-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/11/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunction Relief [ECF# 1]
NS-DC-0109-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/02/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Jackson, Amy Berman (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0109-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ali, Amir H. (District of Columbia)
NS-DC-0109-0001 | NS-DC-0109-0001 | NS-DC-0109-9000
Bousquet, Daniel F (District of Columbia)
NS-DC-0109-0001 | NS-DC-0109-9000
Chapuis, Emily Lauren (District of Columbia)
NS-DC-0109-9000
Khan, Juviara (New York)
NS-DC-0109-0001 | NS-DC-0109-9000
Morrison, Kelly Marie (California)
NS-DC-0109-0001 | NS-DC-0109-9000
Parker, Joshua M. (District of Columbia)
NS-DC-0109-0001 | NS-DC-0109-9000
Shebaya, Sirine (District of Columbia)
NS-DC-0109-9000
Smith, Johnathan James (California)
NS-DC-0109-0001
Tulin, Leah J. (District of Columbia)
NS-DC-0109-0001
Defendant's Lawyers D'Ottavio, Kari E. (District of Columbia)
NS-DC-0109-9000
Patil, Chetan (District of Columbia)
NS-DC-0109-9000

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