[Pnews] NW Detention Center on Lockdown Following Guard Beating of 18-Year-Old

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Fri Aug 4 18:06:19 EDT 2017


*For Immediate Release*

Contact: Maru Mora Villalpando, maru at latinoadvocacy.org 
<mailto:maru at latinoadvocacy.org>

August 4, 2017

*Northwest Detention Center on Lockdown Following Guard **Beating of 
18-Year-Old*/

Even attorneys are being turned away from visiting their imprisoned 
immigrant clients/**

Tacoma, WA - At five this morning, immigrants detained in at the 
Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) began e-mailing supporters with 
reports of a lockdown in section F3 of the facility. The NWDC, the 
largest immigrant detention center on the West Coast, has been the site 
of frequent protests, including a recent series of hunger strikes 
protesting deplorable conditions. Today's lockdown was triggered after a 
guard assaulted an 18-year-old detained at the facility, and those 
witnessing the assault vocally protested the mistreatment. Lights have 
been turned off and those detained are not being allowed to make any 
phone calls.

Upon hearing of the assault, community members arrived at the Northwest 
Detention Center to show support. They witnessed the entire facility on 
lockdown, with family members who had driven many hours to visit their 
loved ones turned away. While attorneys were initially being allowed in, 
as of this afternoon, everyone was being turned away, including 
attorneys seeking access to their imprisoned clients.

To those who have been closely watching the GEO Group-run facility, this 
latest incident is unsurprising if appalling. GEO Group, who contracts 
with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to run the immigrant 
prison for profit, recently fired around 25 NWDC employees, seeking to 
use a smaller pool of workers for longer hours. Maru Mora Villalpando of 
NWDC Resistance commented on the violence: "Fewer workers with no 
training are the perfect recipe for this latest violence against those 
caged. This incident yet again proves that ICE and GEO cannot hold 
people safely, and that the NWDC needs to be shut down."

Supporters continue to gather outside the facility in an attempt to bear 
witness to the unfolding violence.



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