For Immediate Release | June 15th, 2021
Contact: JM Wong (765) 372-8812
Liberation Not Deportation Coalition | email@example.com
***MEDIA ADVISORY— PRESS EVENT: JUNE 16th @ 12PM***
LIBERATION NOT DEPORTATION PRESS CONFERENCE: A CALL TO GOV. INSLEE TO END THE DOC TO DEPORTATION PIPELINE
What: Community members and advocates will gather to mark the delivery of a demand letter to Governor Inslee, calling on him to end the DOC to Deportation pipeline.
When: Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 at 12PM
Where: via Zoom and FB Live
Why: For-profit imprisonment is now illegal in Washington State after the passage of HB 1090. As a result, the state’s largest for-profit prison, the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, will be closing at the end of its contract. Yet the majority of people now entering the very for-profit facility that WA Governor Inslee recently declared unlawful are immigrant Washingtonians transferred from the state’s Department of Corrections custody due the Governor’s DOC-ICE collaboration policy. These Washingtonians are sent to the NWDC through active collaborations between DOC and ICE, and forcibly reincarcerated after completing their sentences. The DOC/ICE transfers into NWDC are often the first step in a deportation pipeline that makes it nearly impossible for Washingtonians to defend themselves from being separated from all they hold dear. With ICE actively transferring asylum-seekers into the NWDC who have tested positive for COVID-19, the Governor’s transfer policy further exposes Washingtonians to early illness and death. There has never been a better time for Inslee to #EndTheTransfers.
Who: Hear from community advocates and individuals impacted by the DOC-ICE pipeline in Washington State, who will describe their experiences in both DOC and NWDC custody and explain their support of the call to end the DOC-ICE pipeline, endorsed by over 60 community organizations.
The Liberation Not Deportation Coalition includes incarcerated and formerly incarcerated peoples, the many cultural groups inside DOC facilities across the state, directly impacted people and their community supporters, grass-roots groups with a long history of supporting incarcerated voices, immigrant and migrant justice groups, mutual-aid organizations, legal services providers, faith-based groups and anti-violence organizations.