Today the National Consumer Law Center and the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program presentó una demanda contra el Departamento de Educación para pedir la libertad de información de cobro de la deuda de préstamos estudiantiles y los datos de la raza. We sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) solicitar mayo 2015, requesting that the Department release documents both about its debt collection policies and practices (including those of the private debt collection agencies it contracts with), as well as any analysis or data it has on racial disparities. Despite numerous studies showing racial disparities in student debt, the Office of Federal Student Aid says it has no protocols for examining collections by race. Además, in lieu of disclosing requested information concerning the practices and oversight of its private collection agencies, the Department provided heavily redacted materials. You can find more information about the lawsuit aquí.
NCLC settled a FOIA lawsuit against the Department last year after requesting documents related to the financial incentives and oversight of the 22 agencias de cobro privadas que recogen los préstamos federales para estudiantes.