[Pnews] Over 100 People in ICE Custody Begin Hunger Strike and Work Stoppage Inside the Northwest Detention Center

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Fri Feb 9 16:33:41 EST 2018

*Over 100 People Detained in ICE Custody Begin Hunger Strike and Work 
Stoppage Inside the Northwest Detention Center*

*Migrants detained begin hunger strike, demand better conditions, lower 
bonds and end of indefinite detention*

February 9, 2018  Tacoma, WA –

At least 120 detained migrants in four units at the Northwest Detention 
Center (NWDC) have begun a hunger strike to protest the abuses they face 
inside the facility, which is owned and operated by GEO Group, a private 
prison company,for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The strike comes 
at the heels of a work stoppage on Wednesday February 7th by detained 
people who work in the kitchen and just days after NWDC Resistance held 
a People’s Tribunal in front of the NWDC.

Leaders of the strike report continued inhumane conditions and abuse at 
NWDC. Strikers are demanding GEO Group provide edible, nutritious food 
and emphasized the egregiousness of GEO’s practices by saying “food has 
gotten so bad it makes people sick. Food served in the hole [solitary 
confinement] is hardly enough, as we received smaller portions than 
people in general population.” The use of isolation, particularly as a 
form of retaliation, is a prevalent issue at NWDC. Strikers have also 
reported that GEO guards constantly search the beds and units of 
detained people without reason nor explanation and demand an end to 
these searches.

In addition, strikers demand ICE provide fair hearings and lower bonds, 
particularly in light of recent bond amounts as high as $35,000. This 
contributes to ICE’s practices of indefinite and prolonged detention, as 
do excessively long delays in carrying out deportation orders. Together, 
these have the effect of keeping people incarcerated and growing GEO’s 

Lastly, strikers delivered a message of resistance and called on others 
to join their efforts, “We are used to retaliation and intimidation, we 
are placed in the hole constantly, but no more! We need everyone to join 
us and stop working!”

NWDC Resistance activists and allies will mobilize to support strikers 
at the Northwest Detention Center. For live updates on the strike, visit 

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