For years, Washington's only immigration detention facility, the NWDC has amassed considerable criticism on its operations.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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