Immigrants and asylum seekers released from the Northwest Detention Center find themselves on the street in industrial Tacoma, thousands of miles from home, with few resources. But now welcome center in a 36 foot RV is their to help. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Legal aid program for detained immigrants to be suspended

The program is one of the few resources immigrants in detention have to defend themselves in a court lacking constitutional provisions.
Apr 18, 2018

Activists put Northwest Detention Center on trial

With the People's Tribunal, immigration activists seek to put the spotlight on conditions that immigrant detainees face at the Northwest Detention Center.
Feb 20, 2018

Northwest immigration activist calls her deportation case “intimidation tactic”

Maru Mora Villalpando at a rally in Seattle mused that she was not detained because ICE is afraid that she'll organize from the inside.
Jan 16, 2018
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
Outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where immigrants facing deportation are incarcerated, and immigration cases are heard by the Justice Department's Executive Office of Immigration Review. (Photo by Damme Getachew)

Northwest Detention Center sued by state over $1-a-day wage

The suit says GEO Group violated state minimum wage laws, after it paid Northwest Detention Center immigrant detainees $1 a day.
Sep 20, 2017

Detained immigrants launch hunger strike at Northwest Detention Center

A group of about 400 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma are participating in the hunger strike, activists say.
Apr 11, 2017

Immigrant in Deferred Action program arrested by ICE in Seattle

A 23-year-old man who had been protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was taken into custody by immigration officers on Friday.
Feb 14, 2017
Ricardo Lopez and his mother Ana Daysi Guerra De Lopez in their Burien apartment. (Photo by Agatha Pacheco)

Frozen by ICE: Detention centers hold thousands of legal immigrants

Each year thousands of immigrants who are entitled to stay in the U.S. still end up inside of Tacoma's immigration detention center.
Jan 9, 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

U.S. immigration agency to review private prison deals

This review of whether to phase out private prisons would include The GEO Group's Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.
Aug 29, 2016
The GEO Group's headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo from Wikipedia)

GEO Group stocks fall after Justice Dept. plans end of private prisons

Activists also have criticized GEO Group's management of the Northwest Detention Center, accusing it of cutting costs on services for immigration detainees.
Aug 18, 2016
Angeles Solis at a Foundation for Healthy Generations event in Rainier Beach. (Photo by Esmy Jimenez)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Angeles Solis

Organizing is personal for Eastern Washington transplant Angeles Solis, who's been trailblazing her way through in Seattle’s labor rights scene.
Jun 13, 2016
The Northwest Detention Center, a privately run facility that holds immigrants awaiting court dates and deportation. In 2010 the facility, near downtown Tacoma, was expanded to house up to 1,575 detainees. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Judge rules Somali teen unlawfully detained at Northwest Detention Center

A judge ruled immigration officials went against federal policy and used a dental exam to determine that a 17-year-old Somali asylum seeker was an adult.
May 5, 2016
Citizens gathered outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma in the dawn hours to blockade busses with deportees from leaving. (Photo by Angelica Chazaro)

Why gender and climate justice are inextricable

What does immigrant detainment have to do with gender and climate justice? More than you think.
Oct 13, 2015

Get the scoop from investigative pros Oct. 15!

Get the scoop on basic investigative reporting from Seattle Globalist pros Venice Buhain and Lael Henterly Thursday, Oct. 15 at Columbia City's Tutta Bella.
Oct 7, 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
After spending weeks or even months in detention, asylum seeker often need help making phone calls and arranging transportation, or even just a fresh set of clothes or toiletries. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

RV offers warm welcome for asylum seekers released in Tacoma

AID NW now has a 36-foot trailer parked outside of the Northwest Detention Center every day to help newly released asylum seekers and immigrants get on their feet.
Aug 13, 2015
A guard at the Northwest Detention Center, a private facility owned and operated by the GEO Group, on contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Judge OKs forced labor lawsuit against detention center contractor

The lawsuit argues that GEO violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Act by allegedly forcing detainees to work for free or be put in isolation.
Jul 9, 2015

Fewer immigrants filling Tacoma detention center, as doubts grow about new contract

With a big contract in the works, Tacoma detention center for immigrants sits half empty.
Apr 2, 2015
Tsunami hazard signs line the West Coast of the US. (Photo from Flickr by Daniel Hoherd)

The disaster waiting to happen at the Northwest Detention Center

In the event of a natural disaster like a tsunami, what would happen to the hundreds of immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma?
Mar 18, 2015