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Asylum Seekers from India on Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center

HeadlineJan 09, 2024

In Tacoma, Washington, dozens of asylum seekers from India jailed at the Northwest Detention Center have been on hunger strike for nearly a week demanding their release and a fair due process. Strikers are denouncing their indefinite detention and other dangerous conditions at the detention center. Many of the asylum seekers told the advocacy group La Resistencia that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials had threatened them with forced-feeding unless they ended the peaceful action. Northwest is run by the for-profit prison corporation GEO Group and has seen a wave of recent hunger strikes, most recently one that lasted over 50 days.

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