MMIW Cases

Sovereign Bodies Institute filed this request with the Illinois State Police of Illinois.
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From: Sovereign Bodies Institute

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act., I hereby request the following records:

Data on all cases of: unsolved missing persons, homicides, suspicious deaths, and deaths in custody involving an Alaska Native/American Indian woman or girl victim within your jurisdiction(s). For the purposes of this request, "Alaska Native/American Indian" is defined as any individual who was identified as a member of an Alaska Native or American Indian community or as having Alaska Native/American Indian heritage. "Woman or girl" includes all victims identified as females, as well as transgender women. If there are any Jane Does that have been identified as potentially Alaska Native or American Indian, please include them as well. We are requesting cases dating from 1900 to the present.

This request is for basic information on cases as classified above. Such information may include but is not limited to victim name, location and date of disappearance/death, age of victim, status of case (solved or unsolved).

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Annita Lucchesi

From: Illinois State Police

Your FOIA request was assigned FOIR # 18-3140. You will be sent a
response via email once your request is fully processed.

Thank you,

From: Illinois State Police


Muck Rock News
Ms. Annita Lucchesi

Re: FOIR #18-3140

Dear Ms. Lucchesi:

Thank you for writing the Illinois State Police with your request for
information pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS
140/1 et seq. On October 29, 2018, we received your request for data on
all cases of unsolved missing persons, homicides, suspicious deaths, and
deaths in custody involving an Alaska Native/American Indian woman or girl
victim, including transgender women and Jane Does, from 1900 to present.

The Illinois State Police Freedom of Information Officer, Erin Davis, is
denying your request for the following reasons:

5 ILCS 140/7(1)(a) ? Disclosure of the information you have requested is
prohibited by federal or State law or rules and regulations implementing
such laws.

o Illinois Administrative Rules, Title 20, Chapter II, Part 1240 ?
Information gathered for the Law Enforcement Agency Data System (LEADS)
cannot be provided to you and dissemination to LEADS information to
non-law enforcement entities is precluded by LEADS Administrative Rules,
Title 20, Chapter II, Part 1240.

These cases are investigated by local authorities. We suggest that you
contact local law enforcement entities who would maintain these types of

You have the right to have the denial of your request reviewed by the
Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Attorney General (5
ILCS 140/9.5(a)). You can file your Request for Review with the PAC by
writing to:

Public Access Counselor
Office of the Attorney General
500 South 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62706
Fax: (217) 782-1396

If you choose to file a Request for Review with the PAC, you must do so
within 60 calendar days of the date of this denial letter (5 ILCS
140/9.5(a)). Please note that you must include a copy of your original
FOIA request and this denial letter when filing a Request for Review with
the PAC.

You also have the right to seek judicial review of your denial by filing a
lawsuit in the State circuit court (5 ILCS 140/11).

Erin Davis
Freedom of Information Officer
801 S. Seventh St., Suite 1000-S
Springfield, Illinois 62703


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