Interactive drama “The Detention Lottery” sheds light on immigration court

The play, written and produced by Seattle-area immigration attorneys, gives audiences a look into the immigration courtroom.
Mar 27, 2019
A protestor climbed a light pole outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma on Monday and hung and unfurled a sign reading "You are not alone" in Spanish to the detainees inside. (Photo by Angelica Chazaro)

Jayapal and Smith push bill to end immigration’s private prisons

The bill also would increase the burden of proof before immigration authorities can detain people, and heighten accountability at detention centers.
Oct 23, 2017
Employee cars and trucks parked outside of the Northwest Detention Center yesterday had picket signs charging "unfair labor practices" and understaffing" at the privately-run facility. (Photo by Victoria Mena)

Labor unrest at GEO Group’s immigrant detention center in Tacoma

More bad news for private prison contractor the GEO Group, as guards at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma are picketing for better conditions.
Oct 13, 2016

Long odds: Defending yourself in U.S. Immigration Court

Why it’s so hard to successfully defend yourself in U.S. Immigration Court — and why so many people do it anyway.
Aug 15, 2016
Alejandra Peréz. (Courtesy photo)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Alejandra Pérez

Undocumented student activist Alejandra Pérez encourages her peers to stop hiding and speak up for their rights even though they've been socialized not to.
Jun 20, 2016

U.S. plans new wave of immigrant deportation raids

Reuters reports that raids are slated for May and June and would follow several months after a two-day sweep in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina.
May 12, 2016
Guards book a new detainee into the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. The facility is run by the Geo Group, a private corrections corporation, on contract from the Department of Homeland Security

GEO Group signs new 10 year contract for the Northwest Detention Center

GEO Group, criticized for its treatment of immigrant detainees, signed a contract to continue operations at the Northwest Detention Center through 2025.
Oct 2, 2015
Citizens gathered outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma in the dawn hours to blockade busses with deportees from leaving. (Photo by Angelica Chazaro)

Bernie Sanders wants private companies out of the immigration detention business

Tacoma immigration detention center is one of many private prisons that Sanders wants closed.
Sep 23, 2015