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FOIA Help Links

May 14, 2010


A comprehensive, easy-to-follow information page on the federal FOIA, including an FAQ, sample letters and a list of exemptions:

A FOIA letter generator for Virginia from the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press:

A fully automated, fill-in-the-blanks state open records law request letter generator from the Student Press Law Center that comes in four steps:

A sample FOIA request letter:

A sample FOIA deadline violation letter:

Map and List of FOIA Help Offices in Virginia


Virginia Coalition for Open Government
P.O. Box 2576
Williamsburg, VA  23187-2576

VCOG is a nonprofit alliance formed to promote expanded access to government records, meetings and other proceedings at the state and local level. The group’s efforts are focused solely on local and state information access, and its primary work is educational.

Virginia Press Association
11529 Nuckols Road
Glen Allen, VA  23059-5508

The Virginia Press Association represents newspaper interests in the General Assembly through lobbying efforts and facilitates print and online advertising campaigns for its members. VPA champions the common interests of Virginia newspapers and the ideals of a free press in a democratic society.

American Civil Liberties Union (Virginia)
ACLU of Virginia
530 E. Main St., Suite 310
Richmond, VA  23219
804- 644-8022

The ACLU calls itself the nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, VA  22209
Legal Defense Hotline: 1-800-336-4243
For non-emergency calls: 703-807-2100

A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal assistance to journalists since 1970.

The Center for Responsive Politics
1101 14th St., N.W., Suite 1030
Washington, D.C.  20005-5635

The Center for Responsive Politics is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government.

Student Press Law Center
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, VA 22209

The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student free-press rights and provides information, advice and legal assistance at no charge to students and the educators who work with them.

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