Freedom of Information

The UW Center for Human Rights uses the Freedom of Information Act and state public records laws to investigate local and international human rights issues, in partnership with human rights organizations working for justice and accountability. Through targeted research and strategic litigation, we’re fighting for access to information as a human right.

Learn more about our recent work:

Newly Declassified Documents Point to El Salvador Intelligence Cache

May 19, 2020

Cover page of a 1984 "Special Working Aid" authored by the Central America Joint Intelligence Team (CAJIT)

Immigrant Family Separation in Northwest Juvenile Jails

April 22, 2020

Student Reflection from Panama: “Something Happened Here”

February 24, 2020

How to FOIA: Online Training Guide

January 14, 2020

Advances and Setbacks in Litigation for Salvadoran War Records

July 23, 2019

Hidden in Plain Sight: ICE Air and the Machinery of Mass Deportation

April 23, 2019

Detainees are loaded onto a Swift Air charter flight at King County International Airport (Boeing Field) in Seattle, WA for a February 26 ICE Air flight under callsign RPN 529. Still image from video by Alex Montalvo and Wadii Boughdir for UWCHR.

“People in El Salvador have a right to know”: Judge urges SOUTHCOM to retrieve documents from ‘purgatory’

April 8, 2019

UW Center for Human Rights legal counsel and researchers celebrate a successful hearing. L-R: Gardner Reed, UW Attorney General’s Office; Nancy Garland, UW Assistant Attorney General; UWCHR Director Prof. Angelina Snodgrass Godoy; Tom Burke and Jordan Clark, pro-bono attorneys with Davis Wright Tremaine; UWCHR student researchers Grace Sorensen, Francisca Gómez, Cristina Gamundi, Guy Oron, Miguel Mariscal, and Emily Willard.