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FOIA: The Defense Department’s “Project Rabbit” to Verify the Employment of Afghan SIV Applicants

On August 2, 2022, IRAP, represented by Davis Wright Tremaine, filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department to challenge the agency’s failure to release documents about “Project Rabbit,” a little-publicized program to review the employment qualifications of Afghan SIV applicants. Last year, the Defense Department publicly acknowledged the creation of Project Rabbit, which is meant to “expedite and streamline… one of the most burdensome portions of the [SIV] process” for Afghan employees of Defense Department contractors. But nearly a year later, with thousands of Afghan SIV applicants awaiting approval, there is almost no public information on how the program works, leading to confusion among impacted communities and impeding equitable access to the SIV program.