Topic: Civil Rights

HHS Records Related to Pregnant Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors in ORR Custody

August 21, 2019
Health and Human Services records related to pregnant unaccompanied immigrant minors in Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody. These records were produced pursuant to a Campaign for Accountability request. American Oversight represented CfA in its FOIA litigation.

DHS Withheld in Full Response Regarding Memo on Sharing Citizenship Information with States

August 20, 2019
The Department of Homeland Security withheld in full a three-page memo regarding U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' authority to share citizenship and immigration status information about individuals with state and local governments. American Oversight has appealed this response. 

Federal Bureau of Prisons Withheld Records Response Regarding Complaints of Detainees at the Brooklyn MDC

August 16, 2019
Response from the Federal Bureau of Prisons stating that the bureau is withholding records responsive to American Oversight's request for complaints of detainees at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) crisis, where detainees were subjected to an extended period without heat or electricity.

Withheld Records Response from DOJ Regarding Communications Concerning the Brooklyn MDC Crisis

August 16, 2019
Response from the Department of Justice stating that the department is withholding records responsive to American Oversights request for communications of high-ranking officials concerning the crisis at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), where detainees were subjected to an extended period without heat or electricity.

Federal Bureau of Prisons Withheld Records Response Regarding Communications Related to the Brooklyn MDC Crisis

August 16, 2019
Response from the Federal Bureau of Prisons stating that the bureau is withholding records responsive to American Oversight's request for communications containing terms related to the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) crisis, where detainees were subjected to an extended period without heat or electricity.

Complaint: American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 v. OSC – Federal Employee Free Speech Rights

August 13, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of the American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 against the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). This suit challenges guidance issued by OSC that presumptively restricts federal employees from expressing any opinion on “impeachment” or policy matters if terms like “#resist” or “resistance” are used.

FOIA to HHS Seeking Communications with Abortion and LGBT+ Rights Opponents

August 9, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Health and Human Services seeking records, including emails and meeting materials, reflecting any communications between Surgeon General Adams and abortion and LGBT+ rights opponents.

American Oversight Sues Justice Department over Brooklyn Jail’s Inhumane Winter Conditions

July 30, 2019
The lawsuit is the latest in an effort to reveal what actions officials took — or failed to take — during the prolonged power and heat outage earlier this year.
(Photo: Matt Green)

No Records Response from HHS Regarding Communications with Anti-Abortion Organizations

July 24, 2019
The Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) stated that it had no records of communications between HHS officials and anti-abortion entities, including Alliance Defending Freedom, Center for Medical Progress, The Heritage Foundation, Americans United for Life, among others.

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Records Regarding Hiring and Directions From 2009 to 2019

June 26, 2019
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs records of hires and directions from 2009 to 2019. In 2018 and so far in 2019, this office has not hired any new staff. (DOL-19-0394)