River Correctional Facility, Farriday, Louisiana
March 22-30, 2019

Approximately 150 immigrant detainees at the private prison owned by the LaSalle Management Corporations launched a hunger strike to protest treatment. Their complaints included being denied bond and unfairness at immigration and asylum hearings. In the first days of the strike, participation fell to 24 people who were officially confirmed by ICE. ICE announced that the strike was over on March 30.

Maru Mora Villalpando, an organizer with Northwest Detention Center Resistance stated that this hunger strike is one of six that occurred in the first months of 2019.

Citations:

Detained Immigrants Held at For-Profit River Correctional Detention Center Launch Hunger Strike to Protest Denial of Bond and Parole“, Latino Rebels, March 27, 2019.

24 immigrants go on hunger strike to protest US detainment“, Associated Press, March 29, 2019.

Migrants end hunger strike to protest detentions“, The Hill, March 31, 2019.

Detained Immigrants Organize Hunger Strikes“, NPR, April 14, 2019.

24 migrants go on hunger strike to protest detainment in US“, New Orleans’ Workers Center for Racial Justice, April 8, 2019.

Hunger Strikes At ICE Detention Centers Spread As Parole, Bond Are Denied“, NPR, April 19, 2019.