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
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
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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
Fourth grader Arthur Gwozdz of Newcastle points at his parents’ native Poland on a map in his family’s living room. (Photo by Kyle Haddad-Fonda)

National Geographic Bee has Washington’s young globalists buzzing

A mysterious geography bug seems to catch a lot of boys in elementary school. But why are there so few girls competing in the National Geographic Bee?
Mar 31, 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
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Why block the boat? Resistance from Ferguson to Palestine to the Philippines

Northwest activists are attempting to block an Israeli shipping company from unloading at Puget Sound ports in order to put a dent in the dollars funding Israel's military actions in Gaza.
Aug 25, 2014
Betty Erichsen, a volunteer at the Tacoma Seafarers' Center, helps Filipino seafarer Rommel Quibaez with a bulk candy bar purchase. Seafarers are typically in port for about 12 hours only once every few weeks, so an opportunity to stock up on essential items is welcome. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Tacoma center gives seafarers from distant lands a Northwest welcome

Hundreds of international seafarers pass through our ports every month. Cooks and mechanics, engineers and officers — they're a quiet population of temporary visitors just looking for a little comfort and fun.
May 23, 2014
A still from The Light in Her Eyes, a film about women practicing conservative Islam, which screens in Tacoma next week. (Courtesy of Sundance Institute)

Traveling film fest in NW to spark conversation on global issues

Film Forward, a touring program that will show movies from around the world at various venues in Seattle and Tacoma next week, aims to start conversations about complex global topics.
Aug 30, 2013
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News Roundup – Diversity in Tukwila, Soda Diplomacy and an Endless War on Terror

(Photo by Erika Schultz/THE SEATTLE TIMES ) Diversity Means Opportunity in Tukwila – From Somalis to Bosnians to Nepalis, Seattle Times photographer Erika Schultz put together a brilliant photographic tour of diverse immigrant communities in Tukwila.
May 21, 2013
During the second exhibition of the Young family’s robes and jades in 1981, Mary Young (center) poses next to these treasures with Jon Kowalek, former Tacoma Art Museum director, and Pearlie Baskin. (Photo courtesy of the Young family)

Tacoma Art Museum director defends controversial sale of Chinese antiquities

Local relatives are angry after couples’ collection is sold off, mostly to buyers outside the Northwest.  
Mar 2, 2013
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Dare to DREAM: Tips from youth navigating Deferred Action

Leer en Español Imagine a thirteen year old boy trying to stay awake after walking more than three days in the desert. He’s so desperate for water that he drinks from a puddle where a dead body has fallen.  Now imagine that seven years later that boy can’t get a legal job, go to college or visit […]
Jan 9, 2013
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Atrevete a Soñar: Consejos de jóvenes en Tacoma navegando la Acción Diferida

Read in English Imagine un niño de trece años tratando de mantenerse despierto después de caminar más de tres días en el desierto. Está tan desesperado por el agua que bebe de un charco donde un cadáver ha caído. Ahora imaginemos 7 años más tarde ese chico no puede conseguir un trabajo legal, ir a […]
Skull candies and “La Catrina” are the two most well-known symbols of the celebration. The butterflies and the bright colors placed on the skull make it more attractive and symbolic. It shows that the skull represents not just death but it also reflects a living and happy tone. (Photo by Liliana Caracoza)

Tacoma celebrates Dia de los Muertos

For over ten years now, the Tacoma Art Museum has been embracing the long-lasting Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos. With the increasing Hispanic population the holiday is becoming more and more popular in the Puget Sound region.
Nov 15, 2012
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Tacoma man faces steep prison term in Nicaragua, eye-controlled TVs and Uganda’s first little league team

Tacoma man awaits verdict for 22-year sentence in Nicaragua Jason Puracal, from Tacoma, WA, is awaiting a sentencing from Nicaraguan judges that could lead to a 22-year prison term. Purcal, a realtor and former Peace Corps volunteer, has spent the last 23 months on trial for drug trafficking and money laundering. A UN working group reviewing […]
Aug 31, 2012