[Pnews] Detainees Held in Solitary Confinement at the Northwest Detention Center Fear Retaliation

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Tue Aug 15 13:38:52 EDT 2017


For Immediate Release

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

August 15, 2017


GEO Group and ICE threaten transfers from the Northwest Detention Center

Hunger Strikers Decry Retaliation, Call for ICE to hold GEO Group 
Accountable


Tacoma, WA - At least two immigrants who have been held in solitary 
confinement since August 4th, 2017, have resumed hunger striking. Rather 
than investigate the guard’s assault on an 18-year-old youth named Omar, 
the private company (GEO Group) and Immigrations & Customs Enforcement 
(ICE) have teamed up to threaten those held in solitary confinement with 
charges of “planning a riot” and transfers to worse facilities in 
retaliation.


Hunger strikers call for the immediate release of all detainees who have 
been held for four years or more and their release back into the general 
population. GEO has accused them of “planning a riot” because they 
protested a guard assaulting a youth on August 4th, 2017. 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. Approximately twenty people were placed into solitary 
confinement, of which over 15 have been on hunger strike over the past 
two weeks.


Over 250 community members have signed a petition calling for the hunger 
strikers’ immediate release. 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/.


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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


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