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Case Name The Human Rights Defense Center v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security IM-WA-0041
Docket / Court 2:18-cv-01141 ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Case Summary
On August 3, 2018, the Human Rights Defense Center filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Freedom of Information Act. In March 2018, the ... read more >
On August 3, 2018, the Human Rights Defense Center filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Freedom of Information Act. In March 2018, the plaintiff had requested from ICE certain records related to litigation against the organization. The plaintiff appealed ICE’s denial of its records request to the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, but had not received a response to the appeal by the time it filed the complaint. The plaintiff alleged that ICE wrongly withheld documents responsive to its properly submitted request in violation of the Freedom of Information Act. The plaintiff sought declaratory relief, as well as an order that ICE disclose the requested records and attorneys’ fees. The case was assigned to Judge Thomas S. Zilly.

On August 7, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint to note that the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor had emailed a final denial of the appeal on August 6.

On March 15, 2019, the parties submitted a joint status report in which the defendants acknowledged that the plaintiffs were entitled to the requested records subject to exceptions delineated in the Freedom of Information Act. The parties noted that they had conferred regarding a rolling production schedule. Although the court set a trial date for December 2, 2019, the parties noted in their joint status report that the case will most likely be resolved by motions practice. The case is ongoing.

Eva Richardson - 05/22/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Records Disclosure
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Plaintiff Description A nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of the human rights of people held in U.S. detention facilities.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
2:18-cv-01141-TSZ (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0041-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/10/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
IM-WA-0041-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/03/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint [ECF# 3]
IM-WA-0041-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/07/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Zilly, Thomas Samuel (W.D. Wash.) show/hide docs
IM-WA-0041-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Golden, Deborah Maxine (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
IM-WA-0041-0001 | IM-WA-0041-0002 | IM-WA-0041-9000
Stahl, Eric (Washington) show/hide docs
IM-WA-0041-0001 | IM-WA-0041-0002 | IM-WA-0041-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lambert, Michelle R. (Washington) show/hide docs
IM-WA-0041-9000

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