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Case TitleADVANCEMENT PROJECT v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv00764
Date Filed2019-03-20
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Rudolph Contreras
PlaintiffADVANCEMENT PROJECT
Case DescriptionThe Advancement Project submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning the enforcement collaboration between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Commonwealth of Virginia and records concerning the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office. The Advancement Project also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency denied both. The Advancement Project filed an administrative appeal and the agency granted its request for a fee waiver. But after hearing nothing further from the agency, the Advancement Project filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
DefendantUNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT
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2019-03-201COMPLAINT against U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (Fee Status: Paid $400/Receipt number 0090-6010413) filed by ADVANCEMENT PROJECT. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons DHS, # 3 Summons ICE, # 4 Summons US AG, # 5 Summons US Attorney DC)(Jimenez, Losmin) Modified on 3/20/2019 to correct party against(zrdj). (Attachment 1 replaced on 3/20/2019) (zef, ). Modified on 3/20/2019 (zef, ). (Entered: 03/20/2019)
2019-03-20Payment for 1 Complaint,. ($400; Receipt number 0090-6010413). (Jimenez, Losmin) (Entered: 03/20/2019)
2019-03-20Case Assigned to Judge Rudolph Contreras. (zef, ) (Entered: 03/20/2019)
2019-03-202SUMMONS (4) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zef, ) (Entered: 03/20/2019)
2019-03-263RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 3/25/2019. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 4/24/2019. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Proof of Service)(Jimenez, Losmin) (Main Document 3 replaced on 3/28/2019) (ztth). (Entered: 03/26/2019)
2019-03-264RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 03/25/2019. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Proof of Service)(Jimenez, Losmin) Modified date served on 3/27/2019 (ztd). (Main Document 4 replaced on 3/28/2019) (ztth). (Entered: 03/26/2019)
2019-03-265RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY served on 3/26/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Proof of Service)(Jimenez, Losmin) (Main Document 5 replaced on 3/28/2019) (ztth). (Entered: 03/26/2019)
2019-03-266RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT served on 3/25/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Proof of Service)(Jimenez, Losmin) (Main Document 6 replaced on 3/28/2019) (ztth). (Entered: 03/26/2019)
2019-04-057NOTICE of Appearance by April Denise Seabrook on behalf of All Defendants (Seabrook, April) (Entered: 04/05/2019)
2019-04-258Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer and Memorandum in Support Thereof by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (Seabrook, April) (Entered: 04/25/2019)
2019-04-25MINUTE ORDER granting 8 Defendants' Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time. It is hereby ORDERED that Defendants shall respond to Plaintiff's complaint on or before May 24, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on April 25, 2019. (lcrc3) (Entered: 04/25/2019)
2019-04-30Set/Reset Deadlines: Answer due by 5/24/2019. (tj) (Entered: 04/30/2019)
2019-05-249ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F)(Seabrook, April) (Entered: 05/24/2019)
2019-05-28MINUTE ORDER: It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet, confer, and submit a proposed briefing schedule on or before June 11, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on May 28, 2019. (lcrc3) (Entered: 05/28/2019)
2019-05-30Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Briefing Schedule due by 6/11/2019. (hs) (Entered: 05/30/2019)
2019-06-1110Joint STATUS REPORT by ADVANCEMENT PROJECT. (Jimenez, Losmin) (Entered: 06/11/2019)
2019-06-12MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 10 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that Defendant ICE will complete a search for records potentially responsive to Plaintiff Advancement Project's FOIA request as soon as possible. It is FURTHER ORDERED that ICE will make its first production of records by no later than July 8, 2019. It is FURTHER ORDERED that the parties will file another joint status report on or before July 11, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on June 12, 2019. (lcrc3) (Entered: 06/12/2019)
2019-07-1111Joint STATUS REPORT by ADVANCEMENT PROJECT. (Jimenez, Losmin) (Entered: 07/11/2019)
2019-07-11MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of 11 the parties' Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file another joint status report on or before August 12, 2019. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on July 11, 2019. (lcrc3) (Entered: 07/11/2019)
2019-07-12Set/Reset Deadlines: Status Report due by 8/12/2019. (tj) (Entered: 07/12/2019)
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