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)

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
Detainees inside the women's wing of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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
Detainees inside the women's wing of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Another decade of detention center woes in Tacoma?

Immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma were back on hunger strike for the third time this year, just as ICE announced the facility's contract was up for renewal.
Nov 11, 2014
Protestors mimic force-feeding detainees at an August 2nd demonstration at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. (Photo from NWDC Resistance Facebook Page )

Tensions rise at Tacoma detention center, with little room for negotiation

Immigrant detainees in the Northwest are caught between an antagonistic federal agency, a profit-hungry corporation and a dysfunctional do-nothing Congress.
Aug 7, 2014
The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma has been used to imprison immigrants slated for deportation since April of 2004. (Image via Google Maps)

ICE contract to house immigrant detainees opening this summer

Looking for a business opportunity? Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is looking for someone to provide secure accommodations for thousands of immigrants slated for deportation from the Northwest each year.
Jun 2, 2014
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)

Gates Foundation resists pressure to pull private prison investment

Earlier this week detainees at the Northwest Detention Center called an official end to their 56 day hunger strike in protest of conditions at the Tacoma facility. One of their stated victories was that the strike drew international attention to the private prison network operated by Florida-based corrections corporation the GEO Group. The storm of […]
May 8, 2014
One of the "pods" at the Northwest Detention Center, where groups of up to 250 detainees are held. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Hey, what ever happened with that hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center?

It’s not easy organizing a hunger strike inside a secure detention facility. But with nothing but time on their hands, people get resourceful. Jose Moreno, a former detainee who participated in the strike until his release March 12, broke down some of the techniques the detainees used to organize: informal sign language, messages placed between the […]
Apr 21, 2014