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 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.

UWCHR Celebrates Success of FOIA Lawsuit Against CIA

May 30, 2018

Rep. Jayapal Writes Letter Supporting UWCHR’s FOIA Research

May 2, 2018

Education for Change: Meet UWCHR’s Student FOIA Researchers

April 3, 2018

Noah Schramm, Emily Willard, and Sarah Kwan discuss FOIA strategy in the Quad.