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2020

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

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

Two Protests at LaSalle ICE Processing Center, Louisiana in Response to COVID-19

March 23 and March 25, 2020: Immigrant detainees at the LaSalle ICE Processing Center staged two protests last week in response to concerns over the potential spread of COVID-19 in their facility, according to government documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

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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

03

Dec

Detained Asylum Seekers Stage Protest at Winn Correctional Center, Louisiana

December 3rd, 2019: Detainees who are currently seeking asylum in Winn Correctional Center (WCC) refused to move back to their cells in a protest over their prolonged detention, some having spent over 8 months awaiting parole.

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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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15

Aug

Disturbance at New Orleans Juvenile Justice Intervention Center, Louisiana

August 15, 2019: SWAT teams responded to a “disturbance” at the Juvenile Justice Center in New Orleans. Officials differed on the details of the incident.

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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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26

Jul

Hunger Strike and Protest at Bossier Medium Security Facility, Louisiana

July 26 – August 2, 2019: Approximately 30 immigrant detainees were pepper-sprayed following a protest in the cafeteria of the Bossier Medium Security Facility. The protest occurred in the midst of a hunger strike at the facility that began Friday, July 26.

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09

Jul

Hunger Strike at River Correctional Facility, Louisiana

July 9, 2019-end date unknown: According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Spokesperson Bryan Cox, seven immigrant detainees at the River Correctional Facility were engaged in a hunger strike as of July 11, 2019. The hunger strike began on July 9, 2019.

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