[Pnews] Hunger Strikers Demand Release from Solitary Confinement in Tacoma¹s Immigration Prison

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Thu Aug 10 15:04:54 EDT 2017

_For Immediate Release_maru at latinoadvocacy.org

August 10, 2017

Hunger Strikers Demand Release from Solitary Confinement in Tacoma’s 
Immigration Prison

NWDC continues on “modified lockdown” indefinitely

Tacoma, WA - Over 15 immigrants held in solitary confinement continue on 
hunger strike. The hunger strike began on Tuesday at 11am when 20 
immigrants were taken to solitary in retaliation, highlighting poor 
detention conditions and a violent and hostile environment for up to 
1,575 people held by the GEO Group for Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement (ICE). The hunger strikers have issued demands to GEO Group 
and ICE, calling for them to respect the humanity of detainees. The 
hunger strike will end once all 20 people are returned to general 

Hunger strikers demand that the 20 people who were placed in solitary 
confinement for “planning a riot” after the event that happened on 
August 4th because they yelled at a GEO guard who was assaulting a youth 
be released back into the general population. The boy had recently been 
transferred to the NWDC after turning 18, after arriving as an 
unaccompanied youth and held by child services until he was eligible for 
detention and deportation. After his assault, GEO guards placed the 
facility on lockdown -- no phones, no lawyer visits, not even lights. 
Since then, the facility is on “modified lockdown” and even those not 
held in solitary confinement have reportedly been told that they cannot 
talk to each other.

The hunger strikers have issued a complete list of demands targeted to 
responsible agencies:

Hunger strikers demand that ICE:


    Release the 20 people held in solitary confinement back into the
    general population.


    Release everyone who has been in detention for four years or more.


    Release people who have completed their court cases and are waiting
    for visas. (People sometimes wait for weeks for release, even after
    agreeing to repatriation.)


    Release people from detention if their countries of origin will not
    accept them (instead of detaining them indefinitely).


    Prioritize reviews of people from regions suffering violence, such
    as the Middle East, Africa and Central America.


    Let people have contact visits with their family at least once every
    90 days.


    Hold GEO responsible for detention conditions because “GEO is NOT

Hunger Strikers demand that GEO Group:


    Release hunger strikers from segregation into the general population.


    Arrange contact visits with families.


    Stop segregating people into “levels” of security, and stop moving
    people on that basis. People currently registered as Level 3 should
    get at least 2 hours a day for recreation, as other levels currently do.


    Negotiate commissary store prices down. Our families already pay
    taxes outside and then have to pay money for our commissary, they
    have to pay a fee and then we have to pay triple.


    Provide nutritious food: We want better, healthy food. We want fruit
    again, not just on weekends and more protein.

Activists are currently outside the Northwest Detention Center in 
solidarity with the hunger strikers and will have a daily presence until 
the strikers end their protest. We call on the Northwest Detention 
Center to release them from solitary confinement, and on GEO and ICE to 
take responsibility for inhumane living conditions.

For live updates, visithttps://www.facebook.com/NWDCResistance/.


NWDC Resistance is a volunteer community group that emerged to fight 
deportations in 2014 at the now-infamous Northwest Detention Center in 
Tacoma, WA. NWDC Resistance is part of the #Not1More campaign and 
supported people detained who organized hunger strikes asking for a halt 
to all deportations and better treatment and conditions.

#Not1More      #NoEstánSólos

Maru Mora Villalpando
Latino Advocacy

Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org
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