Most Recent New Immigration Judge Training Materials

Matthew Hoppock filed this request with the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

2022-01753

Due Nov. 24, 2021
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Matthew Hoppock

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The training materials provided to the new Immigration Judges at the 2019, 2020, and 2021 "New Immigration Judge Training" training sessions. As we understand it, this included a .zip file containing a series of folders labeled by topic and each containing several .pdf files with resources, slides, and information on each subject.

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.

Sincerely,

Matthew Hoppock

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Dear Matthew Hoppock: This response acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) dated 10/12/2021 and received 10/12/2021.  Your request has been assigned control number 2022-01753. The FOIA requires an agency to respond within 20 working days after receipt of the request, and EOIR endeavors to meet this standard.  The FOIA permits a ten-day extension of this time period, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B), based on unusual circumstances.  Your request involves “unusual circumstances,” and EOIR is extending the time period to respond by an additional 10 working days because your request requires the collection of records from field offices, or involves a search, collection, and review of voluminous records, or requires consultation with another agency or two or more agency components. Please be advised that due to necessary operational changes as a result of the national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there may be significant delay in the processing of your request. EOIR FOIA requests are placed in one of three tracks. Track one is for those requests that seek and receive expedited processing pursuant to subsection (a)(6)(E) of the FOIA. Track two is for simple requests that do not involve voluminous records or lengthy consultations with other entities.  Track three is for complex requests that involve voluminous records and for which lengthy or numerous consultations are required, or those requests that may involve sensitive records.  Your request has been placed in track three for complex requests. If you have filed an application for a fee waiver, EOIR will address your request in a separate letter. Additionally, if you have requested expedited processing, EOIR will contact you in a separate letter. If you have any questions regarding unusual circumstances, you may contact the EOIR FOIA Service Center or FOIA Public Liaison at (703) 605-1297 to discuss reformulation or an alternative time frame to process your request, or for any further assistance regarding any aspect of your request. Alternatively, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer.  The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Room 2510, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001; e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at (202) 741-5770; toll free at (877) 684-6448; or facsimile at (202) 741-5769. Sincerely, FOIA Intake

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Matthew,
We pulled the IJ Training and JLC Training materials you requested.  The JLC Training occurs once/year, and we are processing that request as 2022-01755.  However, the IJ training occurs quarterly, so there are 11 sets of responsive documents.  While most of these materials will be substantially the same as prior quarters, we still have to manually review each powerpoint slide and handout.  We can accelerate our response if you are willing to scope to one set of new IJ training materials/year.  Also, you can better compare changes over the three years with greater time between trainings.  Please let me know if you are willing to accept three sets of materials - say the first quarter training for each year - vice 11. Sincerely,
Joseph Schaaf Supervisory Attorney Advisor (FOIA)

From: Matthew Hoppock

Yes, that will work. Thanks for the suggestion.

Matthew Hoppock

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Dear Mr. Hoppock:

This correspondence is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, both dated 10/12/2021 to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in which you seek certain records described in your requests.

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Dear Mr. Hoppock: This correspondence is inresponse to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated 10/12/2021 tothe Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in which you seek certain records described in your request

From: Matthew Hoppock

Yes, we will waive the handouts. I can file a separate request if any of them appear to be necessary to obtain later.

Thank you.

Matthew Hoppock

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Good morning Mr. Hoppock,

We are still processing your request. Even when handouts were scoped out of this request, the remainder documents are still very voluminous. Please feel free to reach out to us to inquire about the status of your request.

Sincerely,

Jeniffer Pérez Santiago
Attorney Advisor (FOIA)
Office of the General Counsel
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Department of Justice
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2600
Falls Church, VA 22041
Cell: (571)326-4838

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