There are two primary ways to request public records from state or federal governmental agencies. This guide will review what you can request in both a FOIA and PRA request, how to make each type of request, and provides a general template for creating a successful request.
Our organization and more than a dozen others sent a letter to the United States Department of Justice to formally request the agency investigate the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) and Clark County Sheriff's Office. It’s a request we don’t make lightly, but given the situation in southwest Washington, it’s time for a new approach.
With Hispanic Heritage Month recently coming to an end, the ACLU of Washington wanted to highlight the work of organizations that advocate for Latinx communities throughout the state. We asked three of the state’s organizations how the pandemic has impacted their work and how others can help.