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2019

15

Feb

Hunger Strike at Suffolk County House of Corrections, Massachusetts

February 15-20, 2019: Seventy-two ICE detainees in the 8-2 unit of the Suffolk County House of Corrections launched a hunger strike in response to a number of grievances related to jail conditions. The hunger strikers presented a list of demands to prison staff on February 10 which include problems with specific staff members as well as a number of grievances related to conditions at the jail.

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09

Feb

Hunger Strike at Yuba County Jail, California

February 9-16, 2019: Approximately 50 immigrant detainees in the ICE-operated detention facility launched a hunger strike in response to a variety of demands, including lack of medical care, adequate exercise time and educational programs.

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01

Jan

Hunger Strike at El Paso Processing Center, Texas

January 1, 2019 (exact start date unknown) – ongoing: As many as 30 immigrant detainees at the ICE-operated facility went on hunger strike over the course of a month, with an unknown number remaining on strike and at least nine of them being force-fed. They are joined by 4 detainees on hunger strike at other ICE facilities in the U.S.–in Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco.

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2018

24

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Northwest Detention Center, Washington

August 24-27, 2018: According to the group Northwest Detention Center Resistance, approximately 200 detainees participate in a hunger strike “in response to the call for a national prison strike in the U.S.”

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17

Jul

Hunger Strike at Bristol County House of Corrections, Massachusetts

July 17-26, 2018: Approximately 60 immigrant detainees went on hunger strike on July 17 in protest of conditions in the part of the jail operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). When prisoners in the general population unit of the same jail heard of the hunger strike on the news, 250 joined the protest in solidarity. Reports of exact dates and numbers of strikers vary between sources.

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14

Jul

Hunger Strike and Encampment at Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma

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, supporters begin an encampment outside the detention center that lasts more than a month.

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07

Feb

Work Stoppage and Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center, Washington

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 detainees and put them in solitary confinement. NWDC was the site of at nine hunger strikes in 2017, according to the group Northwest Detention Center Resistance.

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2017

08

Aug

Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center, Washington

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.

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10

Apr

Hunger Strike at Immigrant Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington

April 10, 2017: As many as 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center launch their first in a series of hunger strikes in protest of their conditions of confinement. The outside group NWDC Resistance does solidarity work for the strikers.

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2016

16

Oct

Hunger Strike at Central East Correctional Centre, Ontario

October 16-29, 2016: Immigrant detainees re-launch their hunger strike (which had ended in July) in protest of their placement in maximum security prisons, indefinite detention of immigrants and a variety of other grievances. The outside group End Immigration Detention Network holds solidarity demonstrations and supports the strikes, which last over two weeks.

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