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Case TitleHuman Rights Watch v. Department of Homeland Security et al
DistrictNorthern District of California
Case Number4:2018cv01842
Date Filed2018-03-26
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeMagistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu
PlaintiffHuman Rights Watch
Case DescriptionHuman Rights Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security for records from the Asylum Division at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services referring to due process violations or other alleged misconduct by Customs and Border Patrol agents. Human Rights Watch also requested a fee waiver. The agency disclosed 229 pages, 175 of which were heavily redacted. Human Rights Watch filed an administrative appeal, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Human Rights Watch filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantDepartment of Homeland Security
DefendantUnited States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Complaint attachment 1
Complaint attachment 2
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2018-03-261COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-12218110.). Filed byHuman Rights Watch. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1-8, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(Richards, Matthew) (Filed on 3/26/2018) (Entered: 03/26/2018)
2018-03-262Proposed Summons. (Richards, Matthew) (Filed on 3/26/2018) (Entered: 03/26/2018)
2018-03-263Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 4/9/2018. (jmlS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/26/2018) (Entered: 03/26/2018)
2018-03-274Summons Issued as to Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.(jjbS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/27/2018) (Entered: 03/27/2018)
2018-03-275Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 7/11/2018. Initial Case Management Conference set for 7/18/2018 01:30 PM in Oakland, Courtroom 4, 3rd Floor. (jjbS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/27/2018) (Entered: 03/27/2018)
2018-04-096CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Human Rights Watch.. (Fletes, Christina) (Filed on 4/9/2018) (Entered: 04/09/2018)
2018-04-137CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Human Rights Watch re 6 Consent/Declination to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge (Fletes, Christina) (Filed on 4/13/2018) (Entered: 04/13/2018)
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by FOIA Project Staff