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Freedom of Information Act: The ICE Commitment to Openness

To ensure openness and transparency and to better serve those seeking more information about ICE and its operations, the agency centralized processing of all ICE related Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in a single office.

The centralized office receives, tracks, and processes all FOIA requests except those that relate to sensitive investigative matters.

How to File a FOIA Request

ICE FOIA Headquarters Office:
Main Number: (202) 732-0300 or (866) 633-1182
Fax Number: (202) 732-0310

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, Supervisory FOIA Paralegal
Belinda Minick, FOIA Secretary
Ryan Law, FOIA Paralegal
Garren Diggs, FOIA Paralegal
Annette Demory, FOIA Paralegal
Richard Stevens, FOIA Paralegal
Kevin King, FOIA Paralegal
Marqui Barnes, FOIA Assistant

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.

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.

FOIA Links:
ICE FOIA Electronic Reading Room
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web site
U.S. Department of Justice FOIA web site.

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