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Conditions at the Northwest Detention Center (website)   [open html - 0B]

From the Webpage: "Here in Washington, over the course of recent years, increasing activism by people detained at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) and community supporters has spurred pointed criticism by elected officials at the local, state, and national level of conditions within the facility. [...] 'In this context, the UW [University of Washington] Center for Human Rights (UWCHR) considers it important to make our ongoing research on conditions within the NWDC available to the public'. As part of our longstanding effort to examine the human rights implications of federal immigration enforcement in our state, UWCHR has sought, since 2017, to obtain information about conditions of detention in public and private detention facilities where immigrants are housed in Washington state. While our efforts to obtain information about conditions within the NWDC have been only partially successful due to the lack of transparency surrounding the facility, the information we have obtained is sufficiently concerning, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, that we are choosing to share our initial findings with the public even as our collection and analysis of further data continues. This report will be published as a series discussing areas of human rights concern at the facility, including background, methodology, and relevant human rights standards; sanitation of food and laundry; allegations of medical neglect; use of solitary confinement; COVID-19 and health standards; and reporting of sexual assault and abuse [hyperlink]."

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2022 Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
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University of Washington. Center for Human Rights: https://jsis.washington.edu/
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