Stewart Detention Center-- information on prisonor Jean Jimenez-Joseph's death and other inmates'

Cynthia Fernandez filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2017-ICFO-32567
Due July 6, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Cynthia Fernandez

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, DC Code §§ 2-531-539, I hereby request the following records:

Specifically concerning the recent suicide of Jean Jimenez-Joseph's death. See
https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/17/headlines/georgia_immigrant_detainee_hangs_self_after_solitary_confinement

- Number of deaths among detained undocumented immigrants at the Stewart Detention Center in 146 CCA Road Lumpkin, GA, 31815
- Number of suicides in said facility
- ICE Significant Event Notification- Significant Incident Report concerning the investigation surrounding the death of inmate Jean Jimenez-Joseph and other prison deaths
- Public Health Service log of who responded to Jimenez-Lopez
- Autopsy report
- Alien File
- Detainee Facility Record
- Detainee Medical Record

According to the Atlanta Field Office Webpage, yours is the agency in charge of coordinating FOIAs for this facility. See
https://www.ice.gov/detention-facility/stewart-detention-center

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.

Sincerely,
Cynthia Fernandez

From: US DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement FOIA Office

June 14, 2017 Cynthia Fernandez 411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144-2516 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2017-ICFO-32567 Dear Ms. Fernandez: This acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), dated May 31, 2017, and to your request for a waiver of all assessable FOIA fees. Your request was received in this office on May 31, 2017. Specifically, you requested records pertaining to Jean Jimenez-Joseph (please see original request for more information). 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. After thoroughly reviewing your letter and request for fee waiver, I have determined that you have not presented a convincing argument that is entitled to a blanket waiver of applicable fees. The DHS FOIA Regulations at 6 CFR § 5.11(k)(2) set forth six factors to examine in determining whether the applicable legal standard for a fee waiver has been met.  We will consider these factors in our evaluation of your request for a fee waiver: (1) Whether the subject of the requested records concerns “the operations or activities of the government”; (2) Whether the disclosure is “likely to contribute” to an understanding of government operations or activities; (3) Whether disclosure of the requested information will contribute to the understanding of the public at large, as opposed to the individual understanding of the requestor or a narrow segment of interested persons; (4) Whether the contribution to public understanding of government operations or activities will be "significant"; (5) Whether the requester has a commercial interest that would be furthered by the requested disclosure; and (6) Whether the magnitude of any identified commercial interest to the requestor is sufficiently large in comparison with the public interest in disclosure, that disclosure is primarily in the commercial interest of the requestor. As a requester, you bear the burden under FOIA of showing that the fee waiver requirements have been met.  Based on my review of your May 31, 2017 letter and for the reasons stated herein, I have determined that your fee waiver request is deficient because your request did not satisfy factors 2 and 4.  Since your request for a fee waiver has failed to satisfy each of the required factors, I am denying your fee waiver request. 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 non-commercial requesters.  As a non-commercial requester, you will be charged 10 cents per page for duplication; the first 100 pages are free, as are the first two hours of search time, after which you will pay the per quarter-hour rate ($4.00 for clerical personnel, $7.00 for professional personnel, $10.25 for managerial personnel) of the searcher.  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. If you are not satisfied with the response to this request, you have the right to appeal following the procedures outlined in the DHS regulations at 6 C.F.R. § 5.9. Should you wish to do so, you must send your appeal and a copy of this letter, within 90 days of the date of this letter, to:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Office of the Principal Legal Advisor
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
500 12th Street, S.W., Mail Stop 5900
Washington, D.C. 20536-5900
Your envelope and letter should be marked “FOIA Appeal.” Copies of the FOIA and DHS regulations are available at www.dhs.gov/foia.
ICE has 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 2017-ICFO-32567. 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 2016-ICFO-XXXXX or 2017-ICFO-XXXXX 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 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: US DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement FOIA Office

June 21, 2017 Cynthia Fernandez 411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144-2516 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2017-ICFO-32567 Dear Ms. Fernandez: This acknowledges receipt of your May 31, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for records pertaining to Jean Jimenez-Joseph (please see original request for more information).  Your request was received in this office on May 31, 2017. After careful review of your FOIA request, we determined that your request is too broad in scope, did not specifically identify the records which you are seeking, or only posed questions to the agency. On your request you have asked for Public Health Service log of who responded to Jimenez-Lopez.  We need to determine if you are referring to the Public Health Service personnel at the facility?  Records must be described in reasonably sufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with the subject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency.  For this reason, §5.3(b) of the DHS regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, require that you describe the records you are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search can locate them with a reasonable amount of effort.  Whenever possible, a request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipients, and subject matter of the records, if known, or the ICE program office you believe created and/or controls the record. The FOIA does not require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed by requesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specific records. Please resubmit your request containing a reasonable description of the records you are seeking.  Upon receipt of a perfected request, you will be advised as to the status of your request. If we do not hear from you within 10 days from the date of this letter, we will assume you are no longer interested in this FOIA request, and the case will be administratively closed.  Please be advised that this action is not a denial of your request and will not preclude you from filing other requests in the future. Your request has been assigned reference number 2017-ICFO-32567. 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 2016-ICFO-XXXXX or 2017-ICFO- (http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status) http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status XXXXX 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 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.
Sincerely,
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: Cynthia Fernandez

Hello,

For more clarity, I've added more information.

Specifically concerning the recent suicide of Jean Jimenez-Joseph's death. See
https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/17/headlines/georgia_immigrant_detainee_hangs_self_after_solitary_confinement
- Number of deaths among detained undocumented immigrants at the Stewart Detention Center in 146 CCA Road Lumpkin, GA, 31815 as of today
- Number of suicides in Stewart Detention Center since January 1, 2010
- ICE Significant Event Notification- Significant Incident Report concerning the investigation surrounding the suicide of inmate Jean Jimenez-Joseph. This document should be dated for the week of May 17, 2017.
- Public Health Service log of personnel at the Stewart Detention Center
- Log of any medical personnel who responded to Jean Jimenez-Joseph's suicide at the facility, along with their certifications
- Any log that contains information on the amount of time he spent in solitary confinement, and the reasons he was sent there each instance
- Autopsy report
- Alien File
- Detainee Facility Record
- Detainee Medical Record
According to the Atlanta Field Office Webpage, yours is the agency in charge of coordinating FOIAs for this facility. See
https://www.ice.gov/detention-facility/stewart-detention-center

Let me know if there's any more information you need.

Thank you for your time,
Cynthia Fernandez

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