FOIA Request Overview
This Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request concerns a failed deportation charter flight that was meant to expel more than 90 Somali men and women from the United States. The charter flight made a stopover in Senegal, where it sat on the tarmac for more than 20 hours before returning to Miami, Florida. By the time the flight returned to the United States, the deportees had been in shackles for nearly two days and were physically and mentally exhausted. During their ordeal, security officials also physically assaulted them and failed to provide them with adequate food or access to lavatories. This FOIA request seeks information about that flight, including contractual documents, flight data, related reports and correspondence, and more.
Date filed: November 13, 2018