Case: ACLU v. DHS

1:16-cv-00221 | U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Filed Date: Feb. 10, 2016

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Case Summary

On February 10, 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and American Civil Liberties Union Foundation filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of State, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education. The ACLU sought the release of records related to…

On February 10, 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and American Civil Liberties Union Foundation filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of State, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education. The ACLU sought the release of records related to the federal government’s “Countering Violent Extremism” programs under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 (FOIA). The ACLU alleged that the agencies did not “make a reasonable effort to search for records in electronic forms or format responsive to Plaintiff’s Request,” in violation of FOIA. The case was assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

The ACLU alleged that these initiatives likely posed a risk to the right of equal protection and the freedoms of speech, religion and association. It submitted the original FOIA requests on May 13, 2015. Five of the seven agencies did not respond to the request, or released only a small number of documents.

The documents pertained to the 2011 “Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States.” The plan identified three areas of priority action for the agencies in “building resistance to violent extremism”: “enhancing Federal engagement with and support to local communities that may be targeted by violent extremists....Building government and law enforcement expertise for preventing violent extremism”; and “countering violent extremism propaganda while promoting our ideals.”

The pilot program was implemented in Los Angeles, Boston, and Minneapolis in September 2014. In February 2015, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice participated in a summit where it was announced that the Department of Justice had already awarded “nearly $3.5 million in grants ‘to address domestic radicalization to violent extremism.’” In July 2015, the House Homeland Security Committee recommended passage a bill that would allocate $10 million to create a Countering Violent Extremism Office within the Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Justice also launched the “Strong Cities Network,” which is a platform to “strengthen community resilience against violent extremism” with members New York, Atlanta, Denver and Minneapolis.

Despite the strong governmental commitment to this initiative, the ACLU alleged that agencies had not released basic information on the Countering Violent Extremism programs including policy guidelines, training for officials, criteria for receiving funding or grants, or research and assessments justifying the need for and implementation of these projects.

After the ACLU filed this lawsuit, the court ordered that the agencies issue joint status reports reporting their progress in fulfilling the FOIA requests. The agencies have filed 19 such Joint Status Reports as of August 3, 2020. The ACLU has reported receiving the documents listed here.

Summary Authors

Courtney Liss (1/27/2019)

People

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Judge(s)

Kollar-Kotelly, Colleen (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Handeyside, Hugh (New York)

Jefferis, Danielle C. (Colorado)

Shamsi, Hina (New York)

Spitzer, Arthur (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Snell, Kevin Matthew (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Kollar-Kotelly, Colleen (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Handeyside, Hugh (New York)

Jefferis, Danielle C. (Colorado)

Shamsi, Hina (New York)

Spitzer, Arthur (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Snell, Kevin Matthew (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

American Civil Liberties Union v. Department of Homeland Security

Jan. 15, 2019 Docket
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Complaint

American Civil Liberties Union v. Department of Homeland Security

Feb. 10, 2016 Complaint

Resources

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ACLU v. Department of Homeland Security: FOIA lawsuit seeking records on “Countering Violent Extremism” Programs

American Civil Liberties Union

The ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking information about federal government programs that purport to prevent “violent extremism” but that actually cast suspicion on law-abidi… Jan. 28, 2019 https://www.aclu.org/cases/aclu-v-department-homeland-security-foia-lawsuit-seeking-records-countering-violent-extremism

Countering Violent Extremism

Homeland Security

Homeland Security's release of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) documents per FOIA request. Jan. 28, 2019 https://www.dhs.gov/publication/countering-violent-extremism#wcm-survey-target-id

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4498106/american-civil-liberties-union-v-department-of-homeland-security/

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

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ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on February 10, 2016. (NS) (Entered: 02/10/2016)

Feb. 10, 2016 RECAP
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SUMMONS (9) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons, # 6 Summons, # 7 Summons, # 8 Summons, # 9 Summons)(sth) (Entered: 02/10/2016)

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Feb. 10, 2016 PACER

Case Assigned to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. (sth)

Feb. 10, 2016 PACER
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COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4408381) filed by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons for Department of Homeland Security, # 3 Summons for Department of Justice, # 4 Summons for Federal Bureau of Investigation, # 5 Summons for Office of the Director of National Intelligence, # 6 Summons for Department of State, # 7 Summons for Department of Health and Human Services, # 8 Summons for Department of Education, # 9 Summons for U.S. Attorney General, # 10 Summons for U.S. Attorney for D.C.)(Shamsi, Hina) (Entered: 02/10/2016)

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2 Summons for Department of Homeland Security

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3 Summons for Department of Justice

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4 Summons for Federal Bureau of Investigation

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5 Summons for Office of the Director of National Intelligence

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6 Summons for Department of State

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7 Summons for Department of Health and Human Services

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8 Summons for Department of Education

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9 Summons for U.S. Attorney General

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10 Summons for U.S. Attorney for D.C.

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Feb. 10, 2016 RECAP
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NOTICE of Appearance by Arthur B. Spitzer on behalf of AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION (Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 03/08/2016)

March 8, 2016 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE served on 2/29/2016 (Shamsi, Hina) (Entered: 03/10/2016)

March 10, 2016 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION served on 2/17/2016 (Shamsi, Hina) (Entered: 03/10/2016)

March 10, 2016 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF STATE served on 2/17/2016 (Shamsi, Hina) (Entered: 03/10/2016)

March 10, 2016 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE served on 2/17/2016 (Shamsi, Hina) (Entered: 03/10/2016)

March 10, 2016 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES served on 2/16/2016 (Shamsi, Hina) (Entered: 03/10/2016)

March 10, 2016 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION served on 2/16/2016 (Shamsi, Hina) (Entered: 03/10/2016)

March 10, 2016 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY served on 3/7/2016 (Shamsi, Hina) (Entered: 03/10/2016)

March 10, 2016 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 2/17/2016. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 3/18/2016. (Shamsi, Hina) (Entered: 03/10/2016)

March 10, 2016 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 2/17/2016. (Shamsi, Hina) (Entered: 03/10/2016)

March 10, 2016 PACER
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ANSWER to Complaint by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE.(Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 03/17/2016)

March 17, 2016 RECAP
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NOTICE of Appearance by Kevin Matthew Snell on behalf of All Defendants (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 03/17/2016)

March 17, 2016 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report proposing a schedule for proceeding in this matter due by 4/22/2016. (dot)

March 18, 2016 PACER
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ORDER. It is this 18th day of March, 2016, hereby ORDERED that the parties shall MEET AND CONFER and file a Joint Status Report proposing a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule should address the status of Plaintiffs' FOIA request, the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiffs' FOIA request, the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiffs, whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case, whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case, etc. The parties shall file the schedule not later than April 22, 2016. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 3/18/2016. (lcckk1) (Entered: 03/18/2016)

March 18, 2016 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 04/22/2016)

April 22, 2016 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/3/2016. (dot)

April 25, 2016 PACER

MINUTE ORDER (Paperless). The Court is in receipt of the parties' 17 Joint Status Report, filed on April 22, 2016. Upon review of the parties' report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a Joint Status Report on or before JUNE 3, 2016. The Joint Status Report shall provide a proposed production schedule as to the agencies where searches for responsive documents have been completed. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 4/25/2016. (lcckk1)

April 25, 2016 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 06/03/2016)

June 3, 2016 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/22/2016. (dot)

June 6, 2016 PACER

MINUTE ORDER (Paperless). The Court is in receipt of the parties' 18 Second Joint Status Report, filed on June 3, 2016. Upon review of the parties' report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a Joint Status Report on or before JULY 22, 2016, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiffs' Request. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 6/6/2016. (lcckk1)

June 6, 2016 PACER
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Supplemental STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 06/14/2016)

June 14, 2016 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 07/21/2016)

July 21, 2016 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/23/2016. (dot)

July 22, 2016 PACER

MINUTE ORDER(Paperless). The Court is in receipt of the parties' 20 Third Joint Status Report, filed on July 21, 2016. Upon review of the parties' report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a Joint Status Report on or before SEPTEMBER 23, 2016, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiffs' FOIA Request. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 7/22/2016. (lcckk1)

July 22, 2016 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 09/23/2016)

Sept. 23, 2016 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 12/21/2016. (dot)

Sept. 27, 2016 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 21 Fourth Joint Status Report, filed on September 23, 2016. Upon review of the parties' report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a Joint Status Report on or before DECEMBER 21, 2016, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiffs' FOIA Request. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 9/27/2016. (lcckk3)

Sept. 27, 2016 PACER
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AFFIDAVIT by DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 10/19/2016)

Oct. 19, 2016 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 3/21/2017. (dot)

Dec. 21, 2016 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 23 Fifth Joint Status Report, filed on December 21, 2016. Upon review of the parties' report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a Joint Status Report on or before March 21, 2017, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiffs' FOIA Request. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 12/21/2016. (lcckk3)

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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 12/21/2016)

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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 03/20/2017)

March 20, 2017 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 6/21/2017. (dot)

March 21, 2017 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 24 Sixth Joint Status Report, filed on March 20, 2017. The parties represent that Defendants Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have made several productions to Plaintiffs since the parties filed their last Joint Status Report and will continue to make rolling productions in the coming months. Upon review of the parties' report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a Joint Status Report on or before JUNE 21, 2017, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiffs' FOIA Request. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 3/21/2017. (lcckk3)

March 21, 2017 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 06/20/2017)

June 20, 2017 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 9/21/2017. (dot)

June 21, 2017 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 25 Seventh Joint Status Report, filed on June 20, 2017. The parties represent that Defendants Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Education and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have made several productions to Plaintiffs since the parties filed their last Joint Status Report and will continue to make rolling productions. Upon review of the parties' report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a Joint Status Report on or before SEPTEMBER 21, 2017, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiffs' FOIA Request. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 6/21/2017. (lcckk3)

June 21, 2017 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 09/19/2017)

Sept. 19, 2017 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 1/19/2018. (dot)

Sept. 20, 2017 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 26 Eighth Joint Status Report, filed on September 19, 2017. The parties represent that Defendants Department of Homeland Security and Department of State have made several productions to Plaintiffs since the parties filed their last Joint Status Report and will continue to make rolling productions. Upon review of the parties' report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a Joint Status Report on or before JANUARY 19, 2018, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiffs' FOIA Request. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 9/20/2017. (lcckk3)

Sept. 20, 2017 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 01/18/2018)

Jan. 18, 2018 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 4/18/2018. (dot)

Jan. 19, 2018 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 27 Ninth Joint Status Report, filed on January 18, 2018. The parties represent that the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and Department of Justice have made productions to Plaintiffs since the parties filed their last Joint Status Report and will continue to make rolling productions. Upon review of the parties' report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a Joint Status Report on or before APRIL 18, 2018, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiffs' FOIA Request. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 1/19/2018. (lcckk3)

Jan. 19, 2018 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 7/18/2018, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiffs' FOIA Requests. (dot)

April 18, 2018 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 28 Tenth Joint Status Report, filed on April 18, 2018. The parties represent that the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence have made productions to Plaintiffs since the parties filed their last Joint Status Report, and that these Defendants, as well as the Department of Justice, will continue to make rolling productions. Upon review of the parties' report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a Joint Status Report on or before JULY 18, 2018, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiffs' FOIA Requests. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 4/18/2018. (lcckk3)

April 18, 2018 PACER
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Tenth Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) Modified text to add "tenth" on 4/19/2018 (ztd). (Entered: 04/18/2018)

April 18, 2018 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 10/18/2018. (dot)

July 18, 2018 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 29 Eleventh Joint Status Report. The parties represent that the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, and Department of Justice have made productions to Plaintiffs since the parties filed their last Joint Status Report, and that Defendants will continue to make rolling productions. Upon review of the parties' report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a Joint Status Report on or before OCTOBER 18, 2018, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiffs' FOIA Requests. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 7/18/2018. (lcckk3)

July 18, 2018 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 07/18/2018)

July 18, 2018 PACER
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NOTICE of Change of Address by Kevin Matthew Snell (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 10/15/2018)

Oct. 15, 2018 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 1/18/2019, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiff's FOIA Requests. (dot)

Oct. 18, 2018 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of the parties' 31 Twelfth Joint Status Report. The parties represent that the Department of Homeland Security made productions to Plaintiff in accord with the schedule agreed to in the December 21, 2016 Joint Status Report. Additionally, the National Protection and Programs Directorate has made productions in accord with the schedule agreed to in the March 20, 2017 Joint Status Report. Furthermore, the Department of State has made productions in accord with the schedule agreed to in the July 18, 2018 Status Report. The parties further report that they are continuing to discuss and potentially narrow the scope of Plaintiff's FOIA request. Upon review of the parties' report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties file a Joint Status Report on or before JANUARY 18, 2019, indicating the status of Defendants' responses to Plaintiff's FOIA Requests. The parties are further ORDERED to file additional Joint Status Reports every 90 days thereafter. The parties are also free to file Joint Status Reports between the filing deadlines if issues arise that require the Court's attention. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 10/18/2018.(lcckk3)

Oct. 18, 2018 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 10/18/2018)

Oct. 18, 2018 RECAP
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MOTION to Stay in Light of Lapse of Appropriations by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 01/14/2019)

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Jan. 14, 2019 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. The Court is in receipt of Defendant's 32 Motion for a Stay in Light of Lapse of Appropriations. On December 21, 2018, the appropriations act that had been funding the Department of Justice expired and appropriations to the Department lapsed. The same is true for other agencies. Absent an appropriation, Department attorneys and employees of State and DHS are prohibited from working except in circumstances which do not apply to this case. Defendant requests a stay of all proceedings and an extension of deadlines commensurate with the duration of the lapse of appropriations. Defendant reports that Plaintiff takes no position on the motion to stay but reserves the right to later move to lift any stay. Defendant's motion is GRANTED. Defendant is ORDERED to file a status report on or before seven days after appropriations have been restored notifying Plaintiff and the Court and requesting appropriate extensions. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 1/15/2019. (lcckk3)

Jan. 15, 2019 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 2/22/2019. (dot)

Jan. 29, 2019 PACER

MINUTE ORDER. On December 28, 2018, the Court stayed this case due to the lapse in appropriations to the Department of Justice. As appropriations have been restored for at least three weeks, the Court ORDERS the stay be lifted. In Defendants' 33 Status Report, Defendants request that the parties' deadline for filing their Joint Status Report be extended to FEBRUARY 22, 2019. Defendants indicate that Plaintiffs agree to this proposed deadline. Accordingly, the parties are ORDERED to file their Joint Status Report by FEBRUARY 22, 2019. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 1-29-2019. (lcckk3)

Jan. 29, 2019 PACER
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STATUS REPORT and Notice to the Court of Restoration of Appropriations by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 01/29/2019)

Jan. 29, 2019 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 02/22/2019)

Feb. 22, 2019 RECAP
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 05/21/2019)

May 21, 2019 RECAP
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 08/19/2019)

Aug. 19, 2019 RECAP
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 11/18/2019)

Nov. 18, 2019 RECAP
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 02/18/2020)

Feb. 18, 2020 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 05/18/2020)

May 18, 2020 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 08/17/2020)

Aug. 17, 2020 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 11/16/2020)

Nov. 16, 2020 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. (Snell, Kevin) (Entered: 02/16/2021)

Feb. 16, 2021 PACER
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ORDER of dismissal with prejudice. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 5/14/21. (lcckk3) (Entered: 05/14/2021)

May 14, 2021 RECAP
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STIPULATION of Dismissal With Prejudice by AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION. (Shamsi, Hina) (Entered: 05/14/2021)

May 14, 2021 PACER

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

National Security

Key Dates

Filing Date: Feb. 10, 2016

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

American Civil Liberties Union

Plaintiff Type(s):

Non-profit NON-religious organization

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU National (all projects)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Department of Homeland Security, Federal

Department of Education, Federal

Department of Justice, Federal

Department of Health and Human Services, Federal

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Federal

Department of State, Federal

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552

Constitutional Clause(s):

Freedom of speech/association

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Issues

General:

Records Disclosure

Religious programs / policies

Terrorism/Post 9-11 issues

Discrimination-basis:

Religion discrimination

National Origin/Ethnicity:

Arab/Afgani/Middle Eastern

Other