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Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) establishes a presumption that records in the possession of agencies and departments of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government are available to the public. The FOIA sets standards for determining when Government records must be made available and which records may be withheld. The FOIA also gives requesters specific legal rights and provides administrative and judicial remedies when access to records or portions of records is denied. The FOIA statute requires that Federal agencies provide access to and disclosure of information pertaining to the Government's business to the fullest extent possible.

The text of the Act may be viewed by accessing the U.S. Department of Justice FOIA web site.

How to file a FOIA request

NOTE: All requests for alien files, including all records therein, should be requested from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the National Records Center (NRC), FOIA division, P.O. Box 648010, Lee's Summit, MO 64064-5570. Alien files are under the control of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Please refer any questions about alien file record requests to 1-816-350-5570.

ICE FOIA Electronic Reading Room

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web site

Phone – 1-866-633-1182

Headquarters Office

FOIA Headquarters Office:
Main Number: 202-732-0300 or 866-633-1182>
Fax Number - 202-732-0310
E-mail –

Mail (U.S.Postal System and all overnight mail/Fedex):
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office,
800 North Capitol Street, NW, Room 585
Washington, DC 20536

Headquarters Staff

  • Catrina M. Pavlik-Keenan, FOIA Officer
  • Anastazia N. Taylor, Senior FOIA Paralegal
  • Belinda Minick, FOIA Secretary
  • Ryan Law, FOIA Paralegal
  • Mark Vugrinovich, FOIA Paralegal
  • Annette Demory, FOIA Paralegal
  • Yanil Escobar, Office Assistant
  • Marqui Barnes, FOIA Assistant
  • Richard Stevens, FOIA Paralegal

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