Government Accountability

MFIA frequently represents clients seeking access to information that will improve public understanding of government operations, including law enforcement activities, that promote affirmative disclosure practices, or that enforce procedures intended to speed the release of information.  Our current cases include:


Human Rights Watch (HRW) FOIA

In collaboration with Human Rights Watch, the MFIA clinic has submitted a series of FOIAs to the U.S. military seeking documents detailing mistreatment of detainees in Afghanistan. These requests come on the heels of the commencement of an ICC investigation into these abuses. The clinic has filed the requests with all branches of the military.

ACLU of Southern California et al. v. LAPD

The Clinic represents the ACLU of Southern California and several other plaintiffs in a pattern and practice lawsuit that seeks to compel the Los Angeles Police Department to comply with the California Public Records Act.

Rosenberg v. Department of Defense

MFIA represents prize-winning reporter Carol Rosenberg and the Miami Herald in a FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Defense seeking access to emails sent and received by General John F. Kelly, former Secretary of Homeland Security and current White House Chief of Staff, during General Kelly’s time as commander of the U.S. Southern Command. 

MFIA is supporting the PrEP4All Collaboration’s efforts to increase transparency at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and improve access to a once-a-day pill that prevents HIV.

For a list of previous matters, please see the MFIA Archive.