July 14-17, 2018: More than 40 detainees in pod A2 begin a hunger strike "to share the opinions of mistreatment that occur inside, and to ask for changes in ICE and GEO’s policies" the detainees say in a public statement. The hunger strike lasts four days. In early July,
February 7, 2018: Following a work stoppage by detainees employed in the kitchen on February 7, over 120 detainees launch a hunger strike on February 9 in protest of abuses by guards, food quality issues and other conditions. In retaliation for the hunger strike, guards beat
August 8, 2017: For at least the fourth time in a year, detainees at the NWDC go on hunger strike. This time 20 detainees refuse meals after being placed in the hole for protesting an assault by guards on an 18-year-old detainee.
April 30, 2017: During a routine lockdown, at least nine prisoners at Otero County Jail refused to comply with orders. When guards came into their pod to subdue them they wrapped their fists with towels, got into "fighting stances", and attempted to attack the guards.
June 13, 2015: Over 200 detainees sat down in the recreation yard of the Eloy Detention Center and engaged in a hunger strike in response to guard abuse and lack of medical services.
March 30, 2015 - (end date unknown): Around 78 detained immigrant mothers, most of whom were seeking asylum from Central American countries, signed a letter demanding their release and launched a work and hunger strike as well as a boycott of the facility.
March 7, 2014 - May 1, 2014: At least 750 detainees launch a hunger strike and call for an end to deportations. The action begins a series of hunger strikes and outside demonstrations that will unfold throughout the year. Years later in 2017 and 2018, NWDC will be the site