Human trafficking encryption

Andrew Couts filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
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From: Patrick Howell O'Neill

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All criminal indictments and supporting documents from 2014, 2015, and 2016 on criminal cases involving both human trafficking and digital encryption on smart phones and personal computers.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Patrick Howell O'Neill


Dear Mr. O’Neill,

The FOIA Office for the Department of Homeland Security referred your 1/23/16 request (below) to us (Intelligence & Analysis) as well as to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for direct response to you.

I would like to speak with you regarding the request. I believe that DHS sent the request to I&A because our component does deal with border and human trafficking matters, to some extent. However, we are really not involved on the indictment side, so I’m not sure we’d have any responsive records except incidentally.

Please contact me at your convenience. Thank you.

Brendan L. Henry
FOIA Specialist
Intelligence & Analysis
Office of Information Compliance
(202) 447-3783

From: Bermudez, Alyssa

Good afternoon Mr. O'Neill,
Please find attached an acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), dated January 23, 2016. V/R, I&A FOIA Officer Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
I&A ( (202) 887-4883


Good afternoon Mr. O'Neill,

Please find attached the final response to your DHS I&A FOIA request dated January 23, 2016.


FOIA Officer
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
Unclass: (202) 447-3783
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