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2020

27

Mar

“Breaking Down Borders” Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center in Response to COVID-19

March 27, 2020: Immigrant detainees started a hunger strike to protest the lack of adequate response to the outbreak of COVID-19. By the following day, the number had reached at least 80. As of Sunday, March 29, between 300 and 500 detainees were on strike.

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24

Mar

Disturbance at Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center, Louisiana

March 24, 2020: A group of immigrant detainees at the Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center were pepper sprayed Tuesday after becoming “physically combative” in the recreation area, according to ICE officials who spoke with BuzzFeed News. Details of the incident are unclear at this time, but it occurs amidst a growing wave of protest at jails, prisons and detention centers across the country in response to a growing outbreak of COVID-19 among incarcerated people.

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23

Mar

ICE Detainees in South Texas Protest Over Lack of Response to COVID-19 Epidemic

March 23, 2020: Approximately 60 immigrant detainees refused to return to their cell block Monday in protest of a lack of response on the part of the facility to the threat of COVID-19. In response to the protest, guards sprayed the protesters with OC Spray. The event was referred to as a “riot” by journalists and advocates, but the specifics of the incident are still unclear. 

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03

Mar

Asylum Seekers from Cameroon Launch Hunger Strike in ICE Detention

March 3, 2020 – Ongoing: Forty-three asylum seekers facing indefinite detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are on day ten of a hunger strike in protest of their conditions of confinement.

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2019

31

Oct

Hunger Strike at LaSalle Detention Facility, Louisiana

October 31 – Ongoing: At least five asylum seekers from India have been force-fed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after refusing to eat for almost two months, says the immigrant-advocate group Freedom for Immigrants.

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18

Oct

Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center, Washington

October 18, 2019: More than two hundred detainees began a hunger strike on Friday at the Northwest Detention Center, a privately-run immigrant detention center, according to the immigrant advocate group La Resistencia.

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02

Sep

Uprising at George W. Hill Correctional Center, Pennsylvania

September 2, 2019: Two blocks erupted in a “full-blown riot” and an emergency response team responded with the use of pepper ball bullets and batons.

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27

Jul

Hunger Strike and Protest at Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center, Louisiana

July 27 – August 3, 2019: Guards deployed pepper spray after more than 100 immigrant detainees held a demonstration in the prison yard at Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center, a privately run ICE detention Facility owned by GEO Group. The event comes just a day after ICE detainees were pepper sprayed during a disturbance at another Louisiana facility and a month after a hunger strike at a third Louisiana ICE facility.

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14

Mar

Hunger Strike at Adelanto Detention Facility, California

March 14, 2019: Approximately 150 immigrant detainees participated in a coordinated food strike at one of the largest privately run immigrant detention facilities in the county, owned and operated by Geo Group. The detainees refused to go to the cafeteria for a regularly-scheduled meal and then a smaller number began a hunger strike.

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2018

05

Nov

Two Uprisings by Idaho Prisoners at Eagle Pass Correctional Facility, Texas

November 5-13, 2018: Prisoners from Idaho housed in a private prison in Texas participate in two disturbances in just over a week.

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