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:

Hidden in Plain Sight: King County Collaboration with ICE Air Deportation Flights at Boeing Field

April 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 19 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.

Newly Declassified U.S. Embassy Cables Show Concern for El Mozote Massacre Trial

December 13, 2018

Jean Manes, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador (Photo: Presidencia de El Salvador, public domain)

Newly Released Department of Defense Files Recount El Salvador Military Operations

October 4, 2018

UWCHR Sues DHS, ICE, & CBP for Access to Information on Immigration Enforcement in WA

September 21, 2018

Dismissing Credible Fear in Washington State

August 10, 2018

Documents released to the UW Center for Human Rights by Customs and Border Protection suggest that asylum seekers are being arbitrarily denied the right to make credible fear claims on the northern U.S. border, predating Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “zero tolerance” policies.