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2020

01

May

Disturbance and Mass Escape at Michigan Youth Facility After Staff Restrain Teen to Death

May 1, 2020: 25-28 youths escaped from Lakeside Academy after witnessing a fellow resident, 16-year-old Cornelius Frederick, be killed by staff after they restrained him by sitting on his chest for 9 minutes.

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10

Apr

Uprising at Stewart Detention Center, Georgia

April 9, 2020: Detainees at Stewart Detention Center participated in an uprising on the yard and guards responded with chemical weapons.

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05

Apr

Hunger Strike at Adelanto ICE Processing Center, California

April 5 – ongoing: A series of hunger strikes have occurred in the Adelanto ICE Processing Center involving an estimated 100-180 detainees. The strikers are protesting the lack of basic sanitation and their continued confinement during a global pandemic that continues to claim the lives of incarcerated people across the country.

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04

Apr

Hunger Strike at Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility Over COVID-19, Rhode Island

April 3rd, 2020: Nearly 70 detainees engaged in a hunger strike to demand their immediate release amid concerns about the potential rapid spread of COVID-19 among detainees

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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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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

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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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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