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Media Advisory: “Unequal Justice” Press Conference and Panel at UW Tacoma, Jan. 30

The UWCHR's Human Rights at Home project examines contemporary immigration enforcement in Washington state.

January 25, 2019

Community Advocates and UW Researchers Present Report and Reflections on “Unequal Justice” for Immigrants in Pierce County in January 30 Events

Community advocates and researchers from the UW’s Tacoma and Seattle campuses will host a morning press conference and evening panel discussion on issues of “Unequal Justice” for immigrant and undocumented communities in Pierce County on January 30 at the University of Washington in Tacoma.

Press conference: UWCHR research report, “Unequal Justice: Measuring the Impact of ICE Detainers on Jail Time in Pierce County”

10am Weds., Jan. 30, UW Tacoma Lucien Boardroom (3rd floor of Garretson Woodruff Pratt building, GWP 320)

The University of Washington Center for Human Rights will present a new research report, “Unequal Justice: Measuring the Impact of ICE Detainers on Jail Time in Pierce County.” The report finds that in Pierce County jails, individuals targeted by Immigration & Customs Enforcement “detainer requests” spend more than three times longer in jail than other defendants with similar charges. Latinx defendants in Pierce County are much more likely than any other group to be subject to detainer requests by ICE. Community advocates including representatives of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Northwest Detention Center Resistance, the ACLU of Washington, and the Washington Defender Association will share their comments on the UWCHR’s research.

Panel discussion: “Unequal Justice: Immigrant Rights, Detention, and Advocacy in Pierce County”

6pm – 7:30pm Weds., Jan. 30, UW Tacoma Carwein Auditorium (1st floor of Keystone Building, KEY 102)

As the site of one of the largest detention facilities on the West Coast, Pierce County and the City of Tacoma are at the center of ongoing efforts to document and challenge the systemic injustices inflicted on immigrant and undocumented communities. Panelists will present research on the impacts of federal immigration enforcement in Washington State and nationwide; and policy recommendations which cities and states can adopt to limit their involvement in immigration enforcement activities. Panelists will also discuss how immigration detention practices are influencing clients served by their organizations and share reflections about experiences in detention.

The panel will be live streamed via YouTube:

Panelists include:

For more information contact:

Prof. Angelina Snodgrass Godoy
Director, University of Washington Center for Human Rights
206 685 3435

Assistant Prof. Rachel Hershberg
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Tacoma
253 692 4955