Topic: Civil Rights

The Trump Administration’s Transgender Military Ban

September 21, 2018
American Oversight has filed a lawsuit to uncover the facts surrounding the Trump administration’s move to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, which the president announced via Twitter.

DOD Records Regarding Trump’s Tweet Banning Transgender Military Servicemembers

September 14, 2018
Department of Defense records regarding President Donald Trump’s tweets on July 26, 2017, announcing that transgender persons were no longer permitted to serve in the military. Records, including communications between 8:55 a.m. and 12 p.m. that day suggest that the Defense Department was caught off-guard by the policy statement of the president.

FOIA to the FBI Seeking Communications with the White House Regarding the Headquarters Consolidation Project

August 30, 2018
FOIA to FBI seeking communications with the White House regarding the FBI headquarters consolidation project. This FOIA was submitted to shed light on whether the president's personal financial interests influenced the future FBI headquarters, which has national security considerations.

FOIA to HHS Seeking Communications Between HHS Officials and Anti-Choice/Religious Organizations

August 28, 2018
FOIA to HHS seeking communications between HHS officials and a series of outside entities, including Alliance Defending Freedom, Center for Medical Progress, The Heritage Foundation, Americans United for Life, among others.

FOIA to DOJ Regarding Changes to the National Crime Victim Questionnaire

August 10, 2018
FOIA to DOJ regarding changes to the National Crime Victim Questionnaire, which collects data on hate crimes against LGBTQ youth. American Oversight is seeking communications and memos regarding this decision, its approval, or its rationale.

Complaint: Equity Forward v. HHS – HHS Communications with Anti-Abortion Rights Groups

May 4, 2018
American Oversight’s lawsuit on behalf of Equity Forward against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for records reflecting communications between key agency officials and specific anti-abortion rights groups, such as Americans United for Life and the Susan B. Anthony List. This complaint also seeks communications with particular members of Congress and their staff regarding reproductive health rights.

Joint Status Report: Equity Forward v. HHS – Immigrant Minors’ Reproductive Rights

April 12, 2018
Joint Status Report filed by Equity Forward, represented by American Oversight, in the FOIA lawsuit against HHS seeking records related to efforts to restrict the abortion rights of undocumented immigrant minors. HHS has indicated that it will take until the year 2046 to finish producing records responsive to just one portion of this FOIA request.

No Records Response From the Office of Civil Rights Regarding Affirmative Action – Communications With Outside Groups

April 3, 2018
No records response from Office of the Deputy Secretary, Office of the General Counsel, and Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development to our FOIA seeking communications regarding affirmative action with outside groups. A secondary protection contained a NRR from the Office of Communication and Outreach.

Efforts to Undermine Sanctuary Cities

April 3, 2018
In the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ramped up raids, arrests, and deportation proceedings across the country. Some cities have welcomed ICE and CBP’s activities, while others have employed sanctuary policies to resist federal law enforcement’s immigration crackdown. Trump administration officials have praised cities that cooperate with ICE and CBP and condemned those that don’t—and may have even coordinated with politically-friendly cities and states to undermine sanctuary policies.

No Records Response From DOJ Regarding Immigration Policies and Upcoming Elections

March 30, 2018
No records response sent in response to a series of FOIAs submitted to DOJ seeking communications related to immigration policies in states with upcoming midterms elections.