Advanced FOIA Techniques

Advanced FOIA Techniques

Advanced FOIA Techniques - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 5/24/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) can be very useful but also frustrating. What can be done now that the government is taking even longer to reply to FOIA requests? Join our experts as they share their experiences, advise on best practices for drafting and submitting effective FOIA requests, and discuss their best tips and tricks for using FOIA as effectively as possible.

Featured Topics:

  • Form G-639: Whether to Use It, Information to Include or Leave Out
  • FOIA Request Tips and Tricks at the Various Agencies: Obtaining Information on Agency Guidance, Interpretation, Definition of Terms
  • Fighting Agency Delays with Expedite Requests, Identifying the Right Processing Track for Your FOIA Request, and Litigation
  • The Most Common FOIA Exemptions: Effective Arguments to Secure the Release of the Most Documents
  • How to File Quick and Effective FOIA Appeals

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Elizabeth Jordan (DL), Denver, CO

Elizabeth Jordan is the Immigration Detention Accountability Project director for the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center. Her practice focuses on ending the use of ICE detention with a disability lens, focusing on people in ICE detention with medical vulnerabilities and disabilities. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law in 2013.

Sirine Shebaya, Washington, DC

Sirine Shebaya is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Project. She is a longtime immigrant rights advocate who focuses on combining litigation and public campaign strategies to defend and advance the rights of immigrant communities of color. She was one of the lead attorneys litigating COVID-related detention issues nationwide. She also co-led a movement of lawyers, organizers, translators, and concerned citizens doing rapid-response work at Dulles Airport in the aftermath of the Muslim Ban. She has litigated several high-profile cases alongside and on behalf of communities impacted by family separation, discriminatory police practices, immigration detention and enforcement issues, and the Muslim Ban. In partnership with local community groups, she led a campaign that resulted in eliminating ICE holds in most jurisdictions in Maryland. Sirine previously worked at the Capital Area Immigrant’s Rights Coalition and at the ACLU of Maryland. She has experience in litigation, public education campaigns, and advocacy focused on immigration detention and criminal legal system issues. Sirine’s work has been honored with the Capital Area Muslim Bar Association Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service and Commitment to Advancing Justice, the Americans for Democratic Action Winn Newman Equality Award, and the National Immigration Project Daniel Levy Award.

Raul Pinto, Senior Staff Attorney, American Immigration Council, Washington, DC

Raul Pinto is a Senior Staff Attorney at the American Immigration Council. His work focuses on promoting transparency in the field of immigration, helping to lead the Council’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) work. In this role he supports litigators, open-government organizations, and other advocates encourage agency transparency on immigration issues, with a focus on enforcement and due process. Raul holds a J.D. from City University of New York School of Law and a B.A. from Rutgers University.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.

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