|Release Date: 05/24/2022
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As an immigration lawyer, you are continually collecting documents and information from government agencies to support requests for immigration benefits or relief from removal. You also want to prevent any surprises by knowing what the government knows about your client. Often, however, knowing where to turn and how to obtain the documents and information you need is not easy. Let AILA's FOIA Toolbox be your guide. The Toolbox focuses on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and how to make requests to the various components of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), but covers all manner of requests for documents or information necessary for an immigration case, held by any federal or state agency.
Among the Toolbox's documents you will find explanatory articles and samples on topics such as:
- Where to direct your FOIA requests for particular types of documents
- Documents properly excluded from a FOIA request
- How to make FOIA requests of USCIS, ICE, CBP, and OBIM
- How to get the records you need for a client in removal proceedings
- Obtaining records from government agencies other than DHS
- Getting necessary records from overseas for clients who are consular processing
- Seeking arrest and other criminal justice system records
- Litigating insufficient responses to your FOIA request
AILA's FOIA Toolbox is an essential addition to every immigration lawyer's library. Order your Toolbox today.
Mark A. Prada is the co-founder of Prada Urizar Dominguez, PLLC, a law firm that focuses on resolving complex immigration issues, such as defending persons in removal proceedings and representing immigrants in federal litigation. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law, and began his career by representing victims of domestic violence and other crimes as part of a nonprofit organization, and eventually opened his own practice. Mr. Prada grew up in Miami, and is the son of Colombian immigrants.
Anam Rahman is a partner at the law firm Calderón Seguin PLC located in Fairfax, VA. Her immigration practice covers a broad array of matters, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, family-sponsored petitions, waivers of inadmissibility, asylum, humanitarian relief, and all forms of relief from removal. Anam specializes in asylum and removal defense, including direct representation of detained individuals, and regularly appears before the Arlington and Baltimore Immigration Courts. She also represents clients in affirmative and appellate matters before various agencies and federal courts.
Anam is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School, where she teaches the Women and Immigration Fieldwork Practicum, and a board member of AsylumWorks. She received her law degree from The George Washington University Law School and her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The George Washington University.