Mortality Data and Related Policies, 2000-2020

COVID Prison Project filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2021-ICFO-37017

Due July 21, 2021
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: COVID Prison Project

ICE FOIA Office
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office
500 12th Street, S.W., Stop 5009
Washington, D.C. 20536-5009

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I request a copy of the following documents:

– Those which include time and date of all instances of death occurring in the offender population between January 2000 and December 2020.

– Those which indicate the total number of individuals in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody who died by any cause, separated monthly, from January 2000 to December 2020.

– Monthly population records that include the total number of deaths occurring among people in the custody of ICE between January 2000 and December 2020.

– Final reports of death for all individuals in ICE custody who died between January 2000 and December 2020.

Additionally, I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of any and all ICE policies, regulations, and procedures, pertaining to...

– Investigations of in-custody deaths.

– Requirements for the performance of an autopsy or post-mortem medical examination of individuals who die while in ICE custody.

– The reporting of in-custody deaths to other governmental agencies.

– Next-of-kin notification in the event of in-custody deaths.

In order to help to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am affiliated with an educational or noncommercial scientific institution, and this request is made for a scholarly or scientific purpose and not for a commercial use. We therefore respectfully request a waiver of all fees as the information provided is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of both public health and the activities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

If you choose to deny this request, please provide a written explanation for the denial including a reference to the specific statutory exemption(s) upon which you rely. Also, please provide all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,

Forrest Behne
Policy Director, COVID Prison Project
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Office: (919) 391-7962
340 MacNider Hall | Campus Box 7240
333 South Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7240

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Dear Forrest Behne,
Request Number 2021-ICFO-37017 has been assigned to the request you submitted. In all future correspondence regarding this request please reference request number 2021-ICFO-37017.
Regards,
Department of Homeland Security

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Dear Forrest Behne,
The status of your ICE FOIA request #2021-ICFO-37017 has been updated to the following status 'Received'. To log into the Department of Homeland Security PAL click on the Application URL below.
HTTPS://foiarequest.dhs.gov
Sincerely,
Department of Homeland Security

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

July 19, 2021 Forrest Behne MuckRock News DEPT MR 114428 411A Highland Ave Somerville, Massachusetts 02144-2516 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2021-ICFO-37017 Dear Mr. Behne: This acknowledges receipt of your June 22, 2021, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for ICE FOIA OfficeImmigration and Customs EnforcementFreedom of Information Act Office500 12th Street, S.W., Stop 5009Washington, D.C. 20536-5009Re: Freedom of Information Act RequestTo Whom It May Concern:This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I request a copy of the following documents:– Those which include time and date of all instances of death occurring in the offender population between January 2000 and December 2020.– Those which indicate the total number of individuals in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody who died by any cause, separated monthly, from January 2000 to December 2020.– Monthly population records that include the total number of deaths occurring among people in the custody of ICE between January 2000 and December 2020.– Final reports of death for all individuals in ICE custody who died between January 2000 and December 2020.Additionally, I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of any and all ICE policies, regulations, and procedures, pertaining to...– Investigations of in-custody deaths.– Requirements for the performance of an autopsy or post-mortem medical examination of individuals who die while in ICE custody.– The reporting of in-custody deaths to other governmental agencies.– Next-of-kin notification in the event of in-custody deaths.In order to help to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am affiliated with an educational or noncommercial scientific institution, and this request is made for a scholarly or scientific purpose and not for a commercial use. We therefore respectfully request a waiver of all fees as the information provided is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of both public health and the activities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.If you choose to deny this request, please provide a written explanation for the denial including a reference to the specific statutory exemption(s) upon which you rely. Also, please provide all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material.Thank you in advance for your anticipated assistance in this matter.Sincerely,Forrest BehnePolicy Director, COVID Prison ProjectUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillOffice: (919) 391-7962340 MacNider Hall | Campus Box 7240333 South Columbia StreetChapel Hill, NC 27599-7240Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://www.muckrock.com/  Your request was received in this office on June 23, 2021. Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Per Section 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, ICE processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although ICE’s goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, the FOIA does permit a 10- day extension of this time period. As your request seeks numerous documents that will necessitate a thorough and wide-ranging search, ICE will invoke a 10-day extension for your request, as allowed by Title 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B). If you care to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office. We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner.
Provisions of the FOIA allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request.  We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS Interim FOIA regulations as they apply to educational requesters.  As an educational requester, you will be charged 10 cents per page for duplication; the first 100 pages are free.  We will construe the submission of your request as an agreement to pay up to $25.00. You will be contacted before any further fees are accrued. We have queried the appropriate program offices within ICE for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the processors in our office will respond to your request as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.
Your request has been assigned reference number 2021-ICFO-37017. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. To check the status of an ICE FOIA/PA request, please visit . Please note that to check the status of a request, you must enter the 2021-ICFO-37017 tracking number. If you need any further assistance or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, please contact the FOIA office. You may send an e-mail to ice-foia@ice.dhs.gov, call toll free (866) 633-1182, or you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison, Fernando Pineiro, in the same manner. Additionally, you have a right to right to seek dispute resolution services from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) which mediates disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation. If you are requesting access to your own records (which is considered a Privacy Act request), you should know that OGIS does not have the authority to handle requests made under the Privacy Act of 1974. You may contact OGIS as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769. (http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status) http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status
Regards,

ICE FOIA Office
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office
500 12th Street, S.W., Stop 5009
Washington, D.C. 20536-5009
Telephone: 1-866-633-1182
Visit our FOIA website at www.ice.gov/foia

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Dear Forrest Behne,
The status of your ICE FOIA request #2021-ICFO-37017 has been updated to the following status 'In Process'. To log into the Department of Homeland Security PAL click on the Application URL below.
HTTPS://foiarequest.dhs.gov
Sincerely,
Department of Homeland Security

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Dear Forrest Behne,
A message has been sent to your account in the Department of Homeland Security PAL. Once logged in; click on the Request Status link in the left panel, locate request #2021-ICFO-37017, and select the message to view it.
Click here to log in https://foiarequest.dhs.gov/.
Regards,
Department of Homeland Security

"Good day,
Your email requesting the status of your request has been received. In regards to your request 2021-ICFO-37017, it is currently in the queue to be processed by an analyst. Requests are processed on a first in, first out basis and timing can vary greatly depending on the volume of responsive documents received. Thank you for your continued patience.

Sincerely,
ICE/FOIA"

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