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
A mural of Angela Davis at the Abode of Chaos Museum in France. (Photo by Thierry Ehrmann)

Featured Event: Angela Davis talks mass incarceration at Evergreen

This Saturday, April 19, at Evergreen State College in Olympia, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is hosting Peace Works 2014, a daylong conference leading up to a keynote conversation titled Yet Again as Captives: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. & Palestine. Angela Davis and Noura Erakat will be this year’s keynote speakers. 
Apr 18, 2014
The family of detainee hold signs outside Northwest Detention Center during a demonstration on Saturday. (Photo by Lael Henterly)

Hundreds stand in solidarity with detainee hunger strikers

Over 200 activists, family members of former and current immigration detainees and concerned citizens braved the elements Saturday afternoon to stand in solidarity with those being held inside the Northwest Detention Center, and at similar facilities around the nation. Organized by the activist group #Not1More Deportation, the march and rally in Tacoma coincided with events around […]
Apr 7, 2014
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

Opening their hearts to the strangers locked up in our backyard

Some Tacoma families are going out of their way to make the detainees at the Northwest Detention Center feel a little more welcome.
Feb 7, 2014
Many Uch, who was detained in the INS building before it closed in the late 90's, gives one of the interviews used in "left:behind". (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Dark voices from Seattle’s immigration past

Local artist Morgan Dusatko’s experimental audio tour of Seattle’s old INS building offers a chilling, emotional journey through a facility where thousands of immigrants were once detained.
Dec 6, 2013

Washington volunteer finds grief and solace in Mexican Border town

Nearly half a million people are deported from the U.S. every year. Some end up here, at the tiny Migrant Resource Center in Agua Prieta, Mexico.
Nov 20, 2013

What to do if you’re stopped by Immigration officers

A quick guide to your rights as a non-citizen living in the US.  Leer en Español
Mar 18, 2013

Qué hacer si eres detenido por oficiales de Inmigración

Información rapida sobre tus derechos como persona no ciudadana.  Read in English  

ICE exaggerating number of people deported, says transparency group

A Syracuse University-based transparency group released the results today of a two year long Freedom of Information struggle with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The startling data, based on case-by-case numbers of immigrants apprehended, detained and deported by ICE in 2005 appears to show that agency vastly over-reported these numbers in official statements. The new records show […]
Jan 4, 2012