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2020

30

Mar

Work Stoppage in Bristol ICE Detention in Response to COVID-19

March 30, 2020 – ongoing: Immigrant detainees at the Bristol County House of Correction (BCHOC) organized a work stoppage to protest the lack of action on the part of the prison to protect them from the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak.

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26

Mar

Hunger Strike at Stewart Detention Center, Georgia in Response to COVID-19

March 26, 2020: At least 350 immigrants detained at the for-profit Stewart Detention Center held a hunger strike demanding their immediate release.

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25

Mar

ICE Detainees Hunger Strike in Richwood, Louisiana in Response to COVID-19

March 25, 2020: A group of detainees held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Richwood Detention Center in Louisiana organized a hunger strike demanding their freedom in the midst of a growing outbreak of COVID-19 in jails, prison and detention centers in the US. According to a statement recorded by the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network and published by Latino Rebels, 60 of the 64 detainees in one housing unit are participating in the strike.

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24

Mar

Hunger Strike at Laval Immigration Holding Centre, Quebec Against COVID-19 Conditions

March 24, 2020: Between ten and thirty people at an immigration detention centre near Montreal began a hunger strike on March 24 to protest the inadequate measures to prevent their exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Their demands include their immediate release as well medical attention to reduce the risk of COVID-19 contamination.

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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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22

Mar

ICE Detainees Hunger Strike in Glades County, Florida Protesting Inaction on COVID-19

March 22, 2020: Immigrant detainees at Glades County Detention Center in Florida began a hunger strike to protest the facilities negligence and refusal to take adequate measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Three days later, on March 25, the number of hunger strikers had risen to 100.

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20

Mar

ICE Detainees Hunger Strike at the Elizabeth Detention Center, NJ in Response to COVID-19

March 20, 2020: At least forty prisoners went on hunger strike at Elizabeth Detention Center in response to poor sanitary conditions after medical staffer tested positive for COVID-19.

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20

Mar

ICE Detainees in Alabama Protest, Hunger Strike and Threaten Suicide Amidst COVID Outbreak

March 20, 2020: 2 Detainees at the Etowah County Detention Center in Alabama threaten suicide in protest as 3 new detainees are brought to the facility who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

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17

Mar

ICE Detainees Hunger Strike in Essex County, New Jersey in Response to COVID-19

March 17, 2020 – Ongoing: A group of detainees at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey have organized a hunger strike demanding their immediate release as COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout New Jersey and the world.

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