FOIA Results – EOIR’s “Guidance and Publications” Site

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In January 2019 we submitted a FOIA request asking for the contents of the EOIR ('s "Guidance and Publications" intranet site (…).
The site is part of the EOIR's intranet, which is accessible to all EOIR employees, and appeared to contain guidance for immigration judges on a host of topics.
In July 2019 we received roughly 94 heavily-redacted files (…) (posted below as "First Production") which includes charts related to which state crimes trigger removability, guidance for IJs on how to handle certain types of relief applications,…
…competency documents, etc.
We appealed the agency's decision to withhold a number of these records and to redact others. Our appeal was granted in August 2021. We've now started to receive supplemental documents (posted below as "Second Production").
This set relates to the agency's handling of competency issues for detained respondents, including compliance with the Franco-Gonzalez injunction.

I expect more documents are on the way. I'll post them here when we receive them.
Second Production Zip File (…)
- Confidential IJ Guidance re Franco Gonzalez Settlement (…)
-  November 2020 Powerpoint re Franco Gonzalez (…)
- Process for Conducting a Judicial Inquiry - Nationwide (…)
- Pro Se Competency Standard - Nationwide (…)
- Dusky v. US - reporter copy (…)
- April 2021 Powerpoint on Competency Evaluation Policy (…)
- EOIR's Nationwide Policy - list of courts (…)
- Differences Between Franco and EOIR's Nationwide Policy (…)
- Case Competency Tab Flowchart - Nationwide (…)
- Case Processing and Logistics Quick Reference - Nationwide (…)
- IJ Competency Evaluation Checklist Nationwide (…)
- Conceptualizing Competence (…)
- Dusky v. US (…)
- Nationwide Policy Flow Chart (…)
- 2013 O'Leary Memo (…)
- Handling Mental Competency Cases Under Franco (…)
- Case Processing and Logistics Quick Reference - Franco (…)
- Case Competency Tab Flowchart (…)
- Guidance for Handling Cases for Released Franco Gonzalez Members (…)
- Template Franco Gonzalez Order and Judgment (…)
- IJ Competency Evaluation Checklist - Franco (…)
- Order for the Provision of a Qualified Representative (…)
- Order for Forensic Competency Evaluation and Report (…)
- Forensic Competency Evaluation Referral (…)
- Redacted 2015 pro se transcript (…)
- Process for Conducting a Judicial Inquiry - Franco (…)
- Respondents With Mental Illness in the Courtroom (…)
- Indicators of Mental Disorders (…)
- Introduction to Mental Disorders (…)
- Pro Se Competency Standard - Franco (…)
- Competence Evaluation Flow Chart (…)
- Summary of ICE Notes (…)
- DHS Screening Sheet (…)
- Franco-Gonzalez Judgment (…)

First Production ZIP File (…)
- Potential_Trafficker_Referral_Form_Appendix_D (…)
- Motion_to_Suppress_Jun2016 (…)
- Ninth_Circuit_Asylum_Precedent_by_Country_Redacted (…)
- Motion_to_Continue_Marr2016 (…)
- Particular_Social_Groups_in_the_Fifth_Circuit (…)
- Potential_Trafficking_Victim_Referral_Form_Appendix_C (…)
- Motion_to_Change_Venue_Nov2013 (…)
- Franco_-_CASE_Competency_Tab_Flowchart (1) (…)
- Trafficking_Referral_Protocol (…)
- Adjustment_of_Status (…)
- Fundamentals_of_Immigration_Law (…)
- California_Crime_Chart_-_Alternative_Judgments_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Connecticut_Crime_Larceny_Robbery_and_Related_Offenses_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Franco_-_CASE_Competency_Tab_Flowchart (…)
- Arizona_Crime_Chart_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Franco_-_Sample_JCI_Transcript__817_Redacted (…)
- Connecticut_Crime_Chart_-_Homicide_-_53a-54a_through_53a-58_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Connecticut_Crime_Chart_-_Dependency-Producing_Drugs_-_21a-266_through_21a-279_redacted (…)
- California_Crime_Chart_-_Alternative_Judgments_redacted_Redacted (1) (…)
- Connecticut_Crime_Larceny_Robbery_and_Related_Offenses_redacted_Redacted (1) (…)
- Franco_-_CASE_Competency_Tab_Flowchart (2) (…)
- Arizona_Crime_Chart_redacted_Redacted (1) (…)
- Franco_-_Sample_JCI_Transcript__817_Redacted (1) (…)
- Connecticut_Crime_Chart_-_Homicide_-_53a-54a_through_53a-58_redacted_Redacted (1) (…)
- Adjustment_of_Status_under_the_LIFE_Act_245i (…)
- -_Federal_Crime_Chart_redacted_Redacted (…)
- 1._Franco_-_Notice_to_IJs_in_AZ_CA_and_WA_-_Mental_Incompetence (…)
- 6._Franco_-_EOIR_Flowchart (…)
- A_Five-Step_Guide_to_Determining_Ag_Fels_and_CIMTs (…)
- Connecticut_Crime_Chart_-_Dependency-Producing_Drugs_-_21a-266_through_21a-279_redacted (1) (…)
- 8._Franco_-_Mental_Disorders_Related_to_the_Implementation_Order (…)
- 7._Franco_-_Pro_Se_Competency_Standard (…)
- 9._Franco_-_Indicators_of_Mental_Disorder (…)
- Alabama_Crime_Chart_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Alaska_Crime_Chart_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Adjustment_of_Status_245a (…)
- Analysis_of_Criminal_Convictions (…)
- Adjustment_of_Status_under_the_Cuban_Adjustment_Act (…)
- Connecticut_Crime_Chart_-_Miscellaneous_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Chart_4-_Continue_Here_Where_the_Respondent_Did_Recieve_Notice (…)
- Franco_-_Logistics (…)
- MT_Terminate_Naturalization_Mar2016 (…)
- Mandatory_Detention_and_Bond (…)
- Administrative_Closure (…)
- Asylum_Citations_Quick_Reference_June2018 (…)
- Arkansas_Crime_Chart (…)
- Asylum_WH_CAT_Boilerplate_Mar2019 (…)
- Asylum_Withholding_and_CAT (…)
- Bond_Credible_and_Reasonable_Fear_Continuances_and_NTAs_in_the_Fifth_Circuit (…)
- CA_Common_Crimes__-_Theft_and_Property_Crimes_9.11.2018_redacted_Redacted (…)
- CA_Crime_Chart_-_Crimes_Against_the_Person_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Burdens_of_Proof_Outline (…)
- Cancellation_A_240Aa (…)
- California_Crime_Chart_-_Perjury_Forgery_Fraud_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Canons_of_Statutory_Interpretation (…)
- Chart_1-_Start_Here_When_the_Respondent_Requests_Reopening_After_Failing_to_Appear (…)
- Chart_2-_Continue_Here_for_General_MTR_Requirements (…)
- Cancellation_B_240Ab1 (…)
- Charges_of_Removability (…)
- Colorado_Criminal_Chart_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Connecticut_Crime_Chart_-_Assault_and_Related_Offenses_-_53a-59_through_53a-64c_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Chart_3-_Continue_Here_Where_the_Respondent_Alleges_No_Notice (…)
- Chart_5-_Continue_Here_Where_the_Respondent_Left_the_U.S._After_the_Final_Order (…)
- Connecticut_Crimes_Chart_-_Sex_Offenses_-_53a-65_through_53a-90b_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Credible_Fear_Review_Outline (…)
- DC_Crime_Chart_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Delaware_Crime_Chart_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Corroboration_in_the_Fifth_Circuit (…)
- Suspension_of_Deportation_former_244a1 (…)
- Eighth_Circuit_Legal_Outline (…)
- Fifth_v._Ninth_Circuit_Case_Law_Comparison (…)
- Failure_to_Appear_Boilerplateredacted (…)
- Findings_of_Fact (…)
- Fifth_Circuit_Case_Law_Cheat_Sheet (…)
- Florida_Crime_Chart_redacted_Redacted (…)
- Fifth_Circuit_Boilerplate (…)
- Foreign_Convictions_Boilerplate (…)
- Fourth_Cir_Immigration_Law_Outline_March_2019 (…)
- Franco_-_Competence_Decision_Template (…)
- Franco_-_FCE_Referral_Form (…)
- Franco_-_IJ_Order_of_Provision_of_QR (…)
- Franco_-_OGC_Training_Outline (…)
- Franco_-_Order_for_FCE_and_Report (…)
- Franco_-_Sample_FCE_Report_046redact_Redacted (…)
- Franco_-_Guidance_for_Released_Class_Members (…)
- Franco_-_IJ_Competency_Checklist (…)
- Adjustment_of_Status (2) (…)
- Potential_Trafficker_Referral_Form_Appendix_D (1) (…)
- Mental_Competency_Boilerplate (…)
- Motion_for_Admin_Closure_April2017 (…)
- Franco_-_Process_for_Conducting_Competency_Inquiry (…)
- MT_Terminate_National_Citizen_Mar2016 (…)
- Gao_v._Sessions_Best_Citations_Aug18 (…)
- Adjustment_of_Status (1) (…)
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